Director, Digital Library and Archives
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
As an increasing number of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are made available on the Internet, there has been a concomitant increase in concern about how publishers and editors of scholarly journals view these documents, with particular interest in whether open access to ETDs hinders future publishing opportunities.
This presentation reports on the 2011 survey results of journal editors’ and university press directors’ attitudes toward online theses and dissertations, attitudes that indicate support for open access. This information is of significance to the academy as it will help students, graduate schools, and faculty advisors make informed decisions about open access of ETDs and what the implications are for publication based on ETDs. Survey authors include Gail McMillan, Marisa L. Ramirez, Joan Dalton, Max Read, and Nancy H. Seamans.
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