Mandatory Open Access Publishing for Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Ethics and Enthusiasm Academic Article uri icon


  • This article argues against policies that require students to submit theses and dissertations to electronic institutional repositories. The article counters a variety of arguments often used to justify this practice. In addition, the article reports on the results of an examination of electronic thesis and dissertation policies at more than 150 university libraries and graduate schools, offering a system of criteria and scoring for ranking these policies according to their respect for student copyright and intellectual property. 2013 Elsevier Inc.

published proceedings

  • The Journal of Academic Librarianship

altmetric score

  • 11.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Hawkins, A. R., Kimball, M. A., & Ives, M.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Hawkins, Ann R||Kimball, Miles A||Ives, Maura

publication date

  • January 2013