Explanation of Key Terms
Publishing Options in ProQuest
Open Access: Scholarly works are available for viewing and downloading to encourage the wide dissemination of scholarly and scientific information. See Open Access for more information.
Traditional Publishing: The author contracts with the publisher (in this case ProQuest) to reproduce, distribute and sell copies of the author’s work. See Traditional Publishing for more information.
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. See Open Access or Traditional Publishing for additional information.
Delayed Release (or Embargo): Delays the release of the full text of the thesis or dissertation for publication through the ProQuest database and the GW institutional repository for the embargo 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 GW institutional repository. See Open Access or Traditional Publishing for additional information.
If you are unsure about placing an embargo on your thesis or dissertation, you may wish to seek guidance from your dissertation/thesis faculty advisor.
Search Engine Access
System Default is set to YES.
- Select YES: Your work will be indexed in major search engines and unembargoed dissertations and theses will be discoverable and accessible through Google Scholar. Authenticated users will be directed to the full text in the ProQuest Dissertation & Theses database. If the work is embargoed, the work will not be available for indexing in Google Scholar until after the embargo release date. If you change your mind, please contact ProQuest Support to opt-out.
- Select NO to opt out.
See Search Engines and your Dissertation for more information.