On your ETD Approval Form and in ProQuest, you will need to select how you would like your work published. There are two choices: Traditional Publishing and Open Access Publishing. The options outlined below refer only to publication through ProQuest; regardless of your choice, your ETD will be made available freely via the Duquesne Scholarship Collection.
Traditional Publishing means that the full-text ETD will be freely accessible through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database to Duquesne students and faculty. To ProQuest users at other institutions, a 20-page preview will be available in ProQuest, with the option to buy the full-text document from ProQuest. Because they are selling your work, as the author, you are eligible to receive royalties.
Open Access Publishing means that you agree to allow ProQuest to provide full-text access to your work free of charge, via the PQDT Open database. Access to the full-text in ProQuest is “open access” in that it is not limited to users at your institution, or those who pay for a subscription. Your ETD will be available open access through the institutional repository regardless of which option you choose for ProQuest.
You will retain your copyright regardless of which option you choose.