Thursday, April 11, 2013

How to convert your ProQuest Dissertation to Open Access

Is your dissertation in ProQuest?  Would you like to make it available worldwide, free of charge to any user, forever?  Here's how to do it:

Open Access is a term used to describe content that a reader can access free of charge. With the ProQuest Open Access Publishing PLUS option (formerly UMI Open Access Publishing), graduate students can now publish their dissertations and theses with ProQuest on an open access basis, significantly increasing the reach of their research.
What are the benefits of Open Access Publishing PLUS?Open Access Publishing PLUS guarantees the widest possible exposure of your graduate research. It can also help ensure that the officially published version of your dissertation or thesis is the most widely available version in the primary literature.
In addition to the standard features of our Traditional publishing service - rigorous quality assurance, assignment of an ISBN, permanent storage in our microfilm vault, and so on - the Open Access publishing service includes the following:

  • Free, public access to your graduate work in PQDT Open, our online repository of Open Access graduate works.
  • Free access to the citation, abstract, full text (including supplementary files) for your graduate works for all institutional subscribers to ProQuest® Dissertations & Theses (PQDT), the database of record for graduate research.
How does Open Access Publishing PLUS compare with ProQuest's Traditional publishing service?Read more here about the details and see a comparison chart showing the benefits Open Access Publishing Plus and our Traditional Publishing services (downloadable PDF).
Where can I find out more?Check out our Open Access Publishing PLUS FAQ.
You can also contact us via email at with additional questions.

 Disclosure:  ProQuest requires a fee of $95.00 which covers lifetime maintenance, and  requires a new publishing agreement (most of you won't remember signing the first agreement).  The world will thank you.

If you do this conversion, please leave a comment here with the URL of your newly open dissertation.


  1. Private tradition, public state: Women in demotic business and administrative texts from Ptolemaic and Roman Thebes
    by O'Brien, Alexandra Alice ,Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1999, 295; AAT 9951822

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to create this easy-to-understand post ! Just love it !