This page will illustrate important features in the ETD Administrator site. Some features may be optional either geographically or by institutional choice.
ETD Administrator will provide both standard Resources & Guidelines for each student submitting a dissertation or thesis. These may be added to with locally important information when the local ETD Administrator access is enabled. Among those items that will be available for student reference are the following:
Publishing options are clearly outlined and in detail, providing links to important external information as well as details of the costs of each option and the potential benefits or limitations. Publication delay options are also provided.
The two main publishing options include:
If an author requires delayed release (or embargo), it is available. A citation and abstract will be available in ProQuest during the embargo period, and if requested, in an institutional repository.
Specific options are provided for sites with an Institutional Repository (IR). The author submitting may select from the appropriate options:
For U.S. institutions choosing to make the offer available, choices may be provided to students for Creative Commons (CC) License. These licenses are independent of ProQuest's agreement, so this is provided as a service, when offered, at the university's request. Options provided to authors include:
Creative Commons (CC) is a way of letting others know how they can use an author's work. For instance, an author can indicate if others may distribute or build on their work as long as they credit the author. There is no registration to use a CC license, or any cost. The author simply selects one of the Creative Commons (CC) licenses and marks their work in some way to indicate which license applies.
More may be learned about Creative Commons at their website:
Submissions in the United States will provide an optional service for ProQuest to file for U.S. Copyright protection with the U.S. Copyright Office, upon an author's dissertation or thesis approval and delivery. This service is not required, as authors may choose to do this on their own.
Copyright protection assures that rights are secured to the fullest extent allowable under United States law. Once registered for copyright, an author's dissertation or thesis becomes eligible for statutory damages and recovery of attorney fees should the copyright be violated. A work must be registered as a requirement in order to sue for copyright infringement, and authors may claim statutory damages and attorney's fees only for infringements that occur after a work is registered. Statutory damages are set out in Title 17, Section 504 of the U.S. Code, and range from $750-$150,000 USD per infringement. Infringements occurring prior to copyright registration are only eligible to recover actual damages with no recovery of attorney's fees.
If an author chooses to have ProQuest register for copyright, ProQuest will do the following:
If choosing to have ProQuest file, an author must read, understand, and agree to the following: