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We’ve received a number of questions from graduate students about submitting their doctoral dissertation to ProQuest. To help dissertation authors ensure their work has the widest scholarly audience, and to address questions about different aspects of the submission process, we will be posting a series of frequently-asked questions about the ProQuest dissertation program.

Why should I submit my dissertation to ProQuest?

Working with ProQuest provides unparalleled dissemination of authors’ dissertations to the scholarly community.

ProQuest’s dissertations services exist and evolve to fulfill the information requirements of academic institutions, librarians, and their dissertation authors. ProQuest assists researchers and institutions in discoverability of their dissertations and theses with the following:

-- The database is accessed by researchers at more than 3,000 institutions worldwide.

-- Inclusion in ProQuest provides access to an author’s dissertation, alongside decades of groundbreaking research from a range of leading academic institutions, including Ivy League and members of other leading institutions.

-- Metadata is made available to subject index services, including PyscINFO (psychology), SciFinder (chemistry), ERIC (education), MLA (modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics), MathSciNet (mathematics), etc.

-- ProQuest’s acclaimed research platform allows cross-searching of dissertations content with our publishing partners’ journal content. This means your dissertation is viewed alongside other major works on the topic, further increasing discoverability.

Will my dissertation be available for sale?

Unless works are embargoed, copies are available for sale directly from ProQuest via its Dissertations Express and Udini services. Additionally, many libraries order copies through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses index database.

These services focus on serving the information needs of libraries, academic institutions, and researchers worldwide. Authors earn royalties for every sale and download of their work.

Does ProQuest make dissertations discoverable via search engines, such as Google?

This is entirely the author’s choice. Authors submitting their dissertation to ProQuest may opt in to discovery via search engines; authors who do not select to opt in will not have their works made available for dissemination via search engines.

For more information on author services through ProQuest, click here.

05 Dec 2013 | Posted by Shannon Janeczek

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