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Since 1938, ProQuest has curated scholarly works to enhance their visibility in the academic community.

Austin McLean, ProQuest’s Director of Scholarly Communication & Dissertation Publishing, recently spoke at the CUNY Graduate Center as part of a program entitled, “The Evolving Dissertation Landscape: A Conversation with ProQuest.”

This discussion was inspired by questions that had previously arisen during the “What is a Dissertation” event, also hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center.

During this follow-up discussion, Austin elaborated on ProQuest’s role in the dissertation dissemination process, spoke about the company’s relationship with universities, and addressed the concerns of graduate students regarding ownership and sale of their dissertations.

Below we’ve highlighted some of the main points that were discussed, as well as the responses to questions from in-person and online attendees at the livestreamed presentation.

Let’s take a look at some of the key takeaways. In 2013, ProQuest Dissertations offered:

- 200 Million searches were done in 2013 via ProQuest Dissertation resources, including ProQuest Dissertation & Theses (PQDT) Global

- 110,000 new ETDs were established

- 3,000 libraries across the world had access to PQDT, including 70% of the world’s top institutions

Q. “So how much of ProQuest’s revenue comes from database subscriptions vs. third party distribution (i.e. sales through Amazon)?”
ProQuest has ended the third party sales program, which means that currently the majority of revenue comes from institutional subscriptions and sales of single copies.

Q. “How does ProQuest feel about embargoes?”
A. ProQuest is able to implement embargoes. ProQuest encourages dissemination through alternate publishing platforms, such as institutional repositories.

Q.“Does ProQuest provide metadata to researchers?”
, ProQuest will provide metadata upon request, and this can be very helpful to projects that examine certain disciplines over a long period of time.

Q. How does ProQuest feel about #remixthediss?
A. ProQuest is happy to encourage various dissertation formats and has worked with CUNY to digitalize 11,000 older dissertations.

Learn more here about ProQuest Dissertations, and don’t forget to watch the livestream of the discussion. Please feel free to contact us at with any further questions.

05 Dec 2014

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