History Dissertation Prospectus Flow

The change from paper to electronic submission of PhD dissertations, and their subsequent availability on-line rather than through microfilm, has made dissertations readily available to everyone and discoverable using simple on-line searches.  While the granting of a PhD has always involved the open publication of a dissertation, this is now true in practice as well as in theory. There has been discussion in the press of how this change is affecting publication, particularly of scholarly books based on a dissertation, with the result that more PhD candidates are asking for their dissertations to remain unavailable for a period after they graduate. This process is called putting an embargo on the dissertation.  Many of our sister institutions have developed formal policies around embargoing dissertations. In the absence of a formal University policy, Mugar Library has developed rules concerning embargoes included in their Guide for Writers of Thesis and Dissertations. These rules are based on what ProQuest, the service used to archive Boston University dissertations electronically, allows.

GRS students may request an embargo of no more than two years. Such requests must be approved by the associate dean.

GRS Policy on Delayed Circulation of Dissertations: In rare circumstances, a student may not want his or her dissertation or thesis to be available from ProQuest or the Digital Common immediately after it is submitted to them. Circulation restrictions (referred to by ProQuest as “embargoes”) are granted only in limited circumstances, but may be allowed by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences if the author plans to sell the work to a publisher, apply for a patent, or if the material covers a sensitive subject that cannot be published safely or appropriately at the time. In such circumstances, you may request a restriction for any period between six months and two years (ProQuest default options are 6 mos., one year, or two years). For any time period, you must submit a letter requesting a restriction along with the PDF of the thesis or dissertation through ProQuest’s ETD Administrator. The letter must explain the compelling reason for the restriction, the time limit desired, an address where you can be contacted when the time limit expires, and the signed approval of both you and your major advisor. These letters are reviewed and if appropriate approved by the associate dean. The restriction will start from the date on the letter. A sample letter is provided in the file of Sample Pages. Your manuscript will not be available until the restriction is released. No one is permitted to look at your work unless they have your express written permission to do so. Requests to read your manuscript will be forwarded to you. It is your responsibility to respond to them.

The library has made available an FAQ: Embargoes & Electronic Theses & Dissertations document.

Dissertation embargo letter template
Thesis embargo letter template

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