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Publishing and Copyright Charges

ProQuest (PQ) is UA’s partner for the publication and distribution of our electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). As part of the administrative expenses associated with the submission and approval of your ETD, there are fees payable when you submit your ETD.  There also are some publishing options that may or may not result in additional fees that you pay to PQ.

Publishing Fee

Every ETD submitted through PQ to the Graduate School as part of a graduate degree program must be published with PQ and is accessible through the Internet.

As part of the agreement with PQ, there are two main categories of publishing, with these depending on the choices made by the student and his or her committee with regards to the level of accessibility by the public.

Traditional Publishing is the default. It makes the author’s work widely available for purchase by subscription to PQ, but with traditional publishing only the abstract and a few pages of text are freely accessible on the Internet. Purchase of the full manuscript from PQ will generate royalties for the author. The publishing fee for this option was $65 for dissertations and $55 for theses.  However, as of 9/27/10 there is no publishing fee for theses or dissertations. 

Open Access Publishing (Optional)

An alternative publishing arrangement is available with PQ.  This option provides the widest possible dissemination of the work by enabling free global access to the full electronic copy of the dissertation via the Internet. Called “Open Access Publishing,” the main contrasts with traditional publishing are:

  1. No purchase of material by users, therefore, no royalties generated for the author; and
  2. Full access to the whole manuscript by anyone who has access to the Internet.

The decision to select open access publishing must be made in consultation among the author, his or her committee, and any other interested third parties, for example, anyone who funded the research.

If the open access option is selected with PQ, the publishing fee is $160 for dissertations and $150 for theses.

The open access option through UA Libraries is free of charge.


You can make your work available either as soon as it is published under either of the above publishing options or place an embargo (delay) for one of the following periods of time: 6 months, 1 year or 2 years.  Beginning with ETDs submitted for Fall 2011 commencement, there also is a 5-year embargo option.  The decision to place an embargo on your work must be made in conjunction with your committee advisor and funding agency.


The author of the thesis or dissertation already owns the copyright to the ETD as soon as it is published. International copyright law provides full protection and establishment of the author’s rights.

Students do not need to do anything more to protect their copyright interests.

However, PQ offers an additional copyright registration service that registers your copyright, establishes your claim to copyright, and provides certain protections if your copyright is violated.

As with all other PQ fees, this fee is between PQ and the student and is not administered by UA. The additional fee for copyright registration is $55 for a thesis or dissertation and is payable to PQ directly online. For more information regarding copyright registration and the advantages, please visit the PQ site.


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