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Allow embargoes of theses and dissertations of at least six years

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Please sign this petition to show your support and interest in the ability to embargo your dissertation or thesis from being distributed online for at least six years. This will partially mitigate the damage of OU offering our scholarship freely to the public, damage which puts possibilities for publishing and tenure at further risk.

As Kenneth Hodges and Su Fang Ng explain "the desire to promote open access to scholarly work has led a number of universities to require graduate students to post their theses and dissertations to electronic archives or institutional repositories. There is fear that such distribution of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) will damage chances for later traditional publication."

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The University of Oklahoma is following this trend. As Joyce Coleman has reported the outcome of the meeting between faculty and Dean Lee Williams:

"On Oct. 8, a number of English professors, along with professors from three other Arts & Sciences departments, met with Dean Lee Williams and Associate Dean Janis Paul of the Grad College to discuss our concern about posting students' theses and dissertations (T&D) online with open access. Members of the English and History departments advocated for at least a six-year embargo."

Whether you are a graduate student at OU or support us, please sign and pass along this petition.


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