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Explanation of Key Terms

Publishing Options

Open Access:  Open Access materials are scholarly works free and open for viewing and downloading electronically via the World Wide Web with few copyright or licensing restrictions in order to encourage the wide dissemination of scholarly and scientific information.

Traditional Publishing:  A model of publishing in which the author contracts with the publisher (in this case ProQuest) to reproduce, distribute and sell copies of the author’s work. Under this model, the author is entitled to payment of royalties according to the publishing agreement.

Release Options

Immediate Release:   The bibliographic information, the abstract, and the full text of the thesis or dissertation are immediately available for viewing by the general public. 

Delayed Release (or Embargo):  Delays the release of the full text of the thesis or dissertation for publication through the ProQuest database and the WRLC Catalog for the embago period selected.

  • Bibliographic information and the abstract of thesis/dissertation (as entered on the ProQuest ETD Administrator site) will be displayed in both the ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Database and the Washington Research Library Consortium Catalog. 
  • Embargo Lift Dates: Authors will receive a calculated release date when their submission is delivered to ProQuest and when it has been published.​ The embargo period in the ProQuest database may be extended by contacting the ProQuest Dissertation Publishing Group in writing, including email. To extend the embargo lift date in the WRLC Catalog, authors should notify the Gelman Library separately in writing.

​Search Engine Access

Choose whether or not you want major search engines (ie. Yahoo!, Google, etc.) to discover your work.
See Search Engines and your Dissertation for more information.



Electronic Theses and Dissertations Administrator: Gelman Library.2130.H.Street.NW.Washington.DC.20052.etds@gwu.edu
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