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Theses and Dissertations: Can I delay or restrict the publication of my ETD?

What are my options regarding electronic access? Can I delay or restrict the publication of my ETD?

While UCF respects the wishes of students who would like to publish their work and/or apply for patents, it is essential for scholarly research conducted at a university be available for dissemination. While several options are available for the release of an ETD, it is the goal of the university that all theses and dissertations be available through the UCF Libraries catalog. Upon uploading the final ETD to the UCF Libraries ETD website, students must choose one of four options for the availability of their ETD through UCF. Students are required to discuss the following options with their thesis or dissertation adviser and indicate the availability choice on the Thesis and Dissertation Attachment form.

 

  • Immediate worldwide dissemination with no restrictions.
  • Pending dissemination of the entire work for six months for patent or other proprietary issues, with an additional six months extension available. Once the patent and proprietary issues are resolved, we recommend immediate worldwide dissemination with no restrictions.
  • Pending dissemination of the entire work for six months for patent or other proprietary issues, with an additional six months extension available. Once the patent and proprietary issues are resolved, we recommend dissemination with limited access to the UCF community for a period of one year, three years*, or five years*.
  • Dissemination with limited access to the UCF community for a period of one year, three years*, or five years*.

           * Does not require thesis and dissertation adviser signature and approval.