For Authors of Dissertations

It’s easy to add your thesis or dissertation to EBSCO Open Dissertations. You will be able to easily share your work with others in an open platform and it will increase exposure for your university’s IR overall.

Metadata Integration / Digital Discovery

  • Upload your metadata and PDF files to
  • EBSCO integrates this data into both their current subscriber discovery environments and makes the data open on the web via
  • We use records to increase the open web discovery of your ETD
  • You get more traffic to your research from academic searches

Consumer Channel Discovery

Millions of searches a day happen on Amazon and other high traffic mainstream content channels. Though not right for every author or academic discipline, making it easy for people to find your work in these searches is an important element of reaching more people with your research.

This process requires authors to opt-in and requires the provision of PDF files for Print-On-Demand. Those files can be provided either by the author or the institution, depending on what approach works best, with the simplest interaction possible.

Once processed, the ETDs will be discoverable via and other high-traffic global content channels. The program is entirely opt-in on the part of the student, and their ETD can be removed from these channels at any time. Of course, all embargoes and other student wishes around the distribution of their ETD are also respected.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and BiblioLabs have created a collaborative open access initiative dedicated to advancing library and industry innovation related to Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)., is a collaborative project committed to facilitating open and free access to ETD metadata and content.

Can my university participate?

Yes, the project is open for metadata submissions from research universities and libraries around the world.

How does the program work for universities?

The process has three simple steps:

  1. Your ETD metadata is harvested via OAI and integrated into EBSCO’s platform, where pointers send traffic to your IR.
  2. EBSCO integrates this data into both their current subscriber environments and makes the data available open on the web via
  3. EBSCO sends you monthly reports on record views and outbound traffic to your IR.

Does the program cost anything?

No, the program is free for universities and authors.

What if I change my mind, can I remove my ETD from these distribution channels?

Yes, all content can be removed upon request. We do not charge a fee for this service.

Will you provide my university with usage reports?

Reports will be created to highlight traffic which is being sent to your institutional repository. The program is meant to help increase traffic to your IR.

I am an author would like to submit my own EDT files. What formats are accepted?

Authors can upload a PDF or ePUB version of their thesis or dissertation through Authors submitting ETDs grant the non-exclusive, worldwide right to reproduce, distribute, display and transmit the work.

How will the ETDs be shared?

In addition to hosting the fully open-access website, EBSCO will incorporate the ETD metadata in its EBSCO Discovery Service™ to further content discovery and access. By exposing metadata via the website and EBSCO Discovery Service, the project seeks to increase the visibility of ETDs on the open-web. Users will be able to link from individual records in the database to partnering host sites, including academic institutional repositories.

Which universities have already submitted their ETDs to EBSCO Open Dissertations?

In its initial developmental phase, includes ETD metadata from the British Library’s EThOS Service, the University of Florida, Florida State University, Clemson University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Cornell University and the University of Kentucky. More than 260 libraries are currently participating and more than 2 million theses and dissertations are expected to be added in 2019.

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