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Gelman Hours for GWorld Holders

The Gelman, Eckles, and VSTC Library buildings are closed, but remote library services and resources and virtual tutoring services remain available. Assistance is available via the virtual Ask Us desk during scheduled Ask Us Desk hours or by email at AskUs@gwu.edu

Please visit GW’s COVID-19 Resource Page for information about changes to university services.

Traditional Publishing


  • Only the bibliographic data, abstract (as entered in the ProQuest ETD Website) and a full text, 24 page preview is available in the ProQuest database.
  • Your manuscript is available for purchase through ProQuest in electronic or print format.
  • Under this model, the author is entitled to payment of royalties according to the publishing agreement.
  • There are no publishing fees incurred when selecting the Traditional Publishing option.

    NOTE: GW theses or dissertations will automatically be published OPEN ACCESS in GW ScholarSpace, GW's Institutional Repository, pending any embargo period requested.

Publication Release Options: (choose one)

         Immediate Release:

  • The bibliographic data, abstract (as entered in the ProQuest ETD Website) are displayed in the ProQuest database
  • The bibliographic data, abstract, and full text are accessible through the GW institutional repository.
  • Copies are available for purchase immediately upon publication. 

Delayed Release (Embargoed):

  • Release of the document full text may be delayed for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years.
  • ​Only the bibliographic record, abstract (as entered in the ProQuest ETD Administrator) will be displayed in the ProQuest database and in the GW institutional repository during the embargoed period.
  • ​Authors will be provided a calculated release date in the email notification when the submission has been delivered to ProQuest and when the submission has been published.
  • The manuscript is not available for sale until after the embargo period expires.

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 GW insitutional repository, authors should email the Library ETD Administrator 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.


  • The author is eligible for payment of royalties  according to the publishing agreement with ProQuest.
  • The author may restrict the sale of the manuscript by contacting ProQuest directly



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