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UT Tyler Dissertations and Theses Guide: Submitting Your Dissertation/Thesis

Guidelines for the Preparation of Dissertation and Master's Thesis

Author Rights Options

Graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation are required  to understand and select one of three release options for their thesis/dissertation. 

Selection of any of these options does not surrender your copyright but allows UT Tyler distribution of your work based on which option you choose.

Please review the following options carefully and indicate which selection meets your rights management criteria.

Option 1 -- Open Access: the thesis or dissertation is publicly available through the institutional repository (IR) after the date of degree conferral of the graduation period for which the thesis or dissertation is submitted. 

By choosing this option, you agree to have your thesis or dissertation in UT Tyler's IR, which provides much broader access to your work.

Option 2 -- Local Use Only: Access to the thesis/dissertation through the IR is restricted to members of the University community for a period of two years (or more) from the date of degree conferral of the graduation period for which the thesis/dissertation is submitted.

The work will also be available through the University's Interlibrary Loan service during this time, after which the work will become publicly available through the IR.

Option 3 -- Closed Access: Access to the work will be (temporarily) restricted. It will not be available to anyone for a period of two years from the date of degree conferral of the graduation period for which the thesis/dissertation is submitted.

The only information available (to researchers) during this time is the author name, title, and abstract. At the end of this two year period, the thesis/dissertation will become publicly available through the IR. 

If, at the end of the two year period, you would like to continue the closed access option, you must contact the University Archivist 

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