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Open Access Publishing

Open Access Publishing Decision Tree

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  • The bibliographic data, abstract (as entered in the ProQuest ETD Administrator) and full text of your work are freely accessible to anyone with a computer to read, download, or print through ProQuest and the Washington Research Library Consortium Catalog.
  • There is a one-time publishing fee of $95.00 payable directly to ProQuest at the time of submission to the ETD Administrator Website.

Publication Release Options: (choose one)

Immediate Release:

  • The bibliographic data, abstract (as entered in the ProQuest ETD Website), and full text are displayed in the ProQuest database and the GW institutional repository upon publication.

Delayed Release:

  • The bibliographic information and abstract (as entered in the ProQuest ETD Administrator) will be displayed in the ProQuest database and the GW institutional repository.
  • Release of the full text may be delayed for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years in both the ProQuest database and the GW insitutional repository.
  • Authors will receive a calculated release date in an email notification when the submission has been 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 the Author and School Relations Group at disspub@proquest.com. To extend the embargo lift date in the GW insitutional repository, authors should notify the Library ETD Administrator (etds@gwu.edu) separately in writing.

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: (choose one)

  • System Default is set to YES. This is an opt-out decision.
  • Do not make your work discoverable by major search engines.
  • See Search Engines and Your Dissertation for more information.


  • A copy of your work may be purchased through ProQuest, but the author is not eligible to earn royalties.
  • The author may restrict the sale of their manuscript by contacting ProQuest directly.



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