Frequently Asked Questions
What is OpenDissertations.org?
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). OpenDissertations.org, 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:
- Your ETD metadata is harvested via OAI and integrated into EBSCO’s platform, where pointers send traffic to your IR.
- EBSCO integrates this data into both their current subscriber environments and makes the data available open on the web via OpenDissertations.org.
- 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 OpenDissertations.org. 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 OpenDissertations.org 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, OpenDissertations.org 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 20 libraries are expected to participate by the time the open portal goes live in January 2018.