Proquest/UMI is a major dissertation publisher; NYU dissertations are submitted for digital curation by ProQuest.
ProQuest will make your dissertation available in its Dissertation & Theses database, through which academic researchers can access your dissertation via an institutional subscription.
Depending on the options you choose when completing ProQuest's Submission Agreement, your dissertation can also be made available for free on the open internet.
The ProQuest Submission Agreement covers a number of issues and choices that academic authors commonly face when submitting their work, including:
Below are some key points to be aware of when reviewing and signing your submission agreement with ProQuest.
It is common for dissertation writers to publish some or all of the work done for their dissertation as books or journal articles, often reworked for different audiences.
Resources for writers new to publishing with presses:
As the author, you own the copyright to your work. This is true of your dissertation, a journal article, a website, or any other original creative work that you create independently.
For more information on author rights, you may refer to the following resources:
Under ProQuest's Publication Agreement:
As the copyright owner, you can choose to distribute your dissertation through channels other than ProQuest. Because the license you grant is nonexclusive, you remain free to grant similar publication or distribution rights to other individuals, publishers, etc.
Many dissertation authors find it important to use third party images or other materials subject to copyright in their dissertations. In general, it is a good practice to consider whether your use of such material is fair use, or whether you may need to obtain permission. ProQuest, a common dissertation publisher, requires authors to obtain copyright permission in order to include third party images or other materials subject to copyright in a dissertation.
NYU does not itself require proof of permission to include copyrighted works in your dissertation. Authors should be aware, however, that ProQuest may remove third party works from a dissertation -- or may elect not to distribute a dissertation -- if it believes that necessary copyright permissions have not been secured.
Here is a sample permission letter for requesting permission to use a work in your NYU dissertation: Sample Dissertation Copyright Permission Request (Google Doc).
For more information on copyright permissions generally, visit the Getting Permission page.
ProQuest, a common dissertation publisher, allows you the option of embargoing full-text access to your dissertation for :
If you choose to embargo your work, only the dissertation abstract will be made available in ProQuest's dissertation database. At the end of the embargo period, full-text access will be provided. Because the ProQuest Agreement offers a maximum embargo of two years, authors wishing to extend their embargo may contact ProQuest Dissertation Publishing directly via email@example.com or through ProQuest Support Center.
Image credit: Jefferson-era political cartoon, in Public Domain.
The ProQuest Agreement gives you a number of options for how your dissertation will be made available
Open Access Option: dissertation is freely accessible to the public on the internet.
Traditional Publishing Option: dissertation is available in ProQuest's Dissertation Abstracts, a subscription database.
Whether you choose Open Access or traditional publishing, you have an additional choice:
Search Engine Discoverability: ProQuest will make your dissertation discoverable via major search engines, unless you instead choose to limit search engine access.