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What is ETD@CUA?

ETD@CUA is a part of DigitalScholoarship@CUA, the institutional repository of scholarly and research products of the CUA academic community. It collects, organizes, preserves, and provides free, open, and long-term access to CUA dissertations and thesis.


Why should I deposit my dissertation or thesis in ETD@CUA?

There are many benefits to contributing your work to ETD@CUA:

  • Your dissertation will be freely available for anybody who has access to the Internet, so you needn't be afraid that your dissertation will be hidden into a dark corner in the library forever.
  • Materials in DS@CUA are open to search engine indexing, which makes it easy for people to find it.
  • Your ownership to your dissertation/thesis will be indicated and will be guarded by billion people who can freely access it -- thefts won't steal the items that everybody knows who own them.
  • Your dissertation will be preserved for long-term access with a permanent URL.
  • You have options to select an embargo period.


Do I still have the copyright of my work if I deposit it in ETD@CUA?

Yes. You only give CUA the non-exclusive right, which means you still hold the copyright and are able to deposit or publish your dissertation anywhere as you like. In addition to copyrighting your dissertation, you may want to consider a Creative Commons License.


What is an embargo? When should I consider an embargo?

An embargo is a limit that you set to prevent public access to your dissertation for a certain time. You need to consider it, if you plan to publish your dissertation through a commercial publisher (some publishers accept open access to your dissertation -- this will vary, so check with the specific publisher for details). In the ETD@CUA, you have 3 options for the embargo for your dissertation:

  • 6 months after you deposit your dissertation
  • 12 months after you deposit your dissertation
  • 24 months after you deposit your dissertation

Of course, you can set no embargo at all for your dissertation, which will make it immediately available to the public.


What is a Creative Commons License?

A Creative Commons License is provided by Creative Commons to make "it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright." The creator of a work can choose and mark the creative work with a free, legally binding license. Creative Commons Licenses work alongside copyright, "so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof."

In the ETD@CUA Submission Copyright Statement (page 3), we list the six main licenses with descriptions. You can decide if you would like to use a Creative Commons license for your dissertation and identify which license would be best.


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