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UT Tyler Dissertations and Theses Guide: For Authors

Guidelines for Thesis/Dissertations & Electronic Submission

Authors: Some Things You Should Know About the Repository and Open Access

The UT Tyler Institutional Repository is a university-affiliated online resource that collects, preserves, and provides access to digital theses and dissertations.

The Institutional Repository (hereafter IR) also provides an outlet for digital submission that retains all of your author rights.

In submitting your thesis/dissertation, you allow your work to be accessible online, to the widest range of scholars at no cost to you or other researchers.

You can still choose to distribute your work with another published, but you must safeguard your right to have the thesis/dissertation also be available in an open access repository. 


Terra Bianchi, University Archivist

Author Rights

Choosing open access for your work does not prevent publication in professional, proprietary journals.

Thousands of professional journals allow authors to submit an open access copy of their work to their Institutional Repository. 

To find out more about specific journal policies pertaining to open access and self-archiving, please consult the SHERPA/RοMEO website where you can title search thousands of journals.

Even if the journal being considered is not listed in SHERPA/RoMEO or they do not have specific open access guidelines, you can still include addendums with changes or exceptions to a publisher's default policies. 

Things to do Before Signing a Publication Agreement: know your rights as an author!!!

Here are examples of the kinds of rights authors should consider before signing contracts with publishers:

• The right to make reproductions for teaching purposes, scholarship, or research.

• The right to borrow and/or publish portions of your thesis/dissertation in future work.

• The right to display the work (i.e., link to full-text on resumes, cover letter, personal website)

• The right to archive and preserve you thesis/dissertation in an institutional repository.

Sample Addendums to consider for inclusion in your own publication agreement can be found at SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and Science Commons.