Answered By: Eleni Castro
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2018     Views: 21

We have many thousands of paper theses and dissertations in storage. Some of them also exist on microfilm. Extensive circulation data show that these works aren’t being used very much. Not only is it hard and expensive to keep all these books for decades (and occasionally lose one or more to mold), they’re also difficult for researchers to obtain.

So BU has decided to have them submitted electronically, and deposited into our institutional repository OpenBU. In addition, the Libraries are digitizing BU theses and dissertations from the beginning of the university until 1963 inclusive, after which copyright laws change and we’ll have to reconsider our workflows. Our ultimate goal is to have all of BU’s graduate theses and dissertations be available online, for free, as allowed within the current legal framework.

Electronic submission saves you and us considerable expense (physical paperwork, acid-free paper, binding, storage, transportation, and other hassles). The submission process is transparent, and there are opportunities for communication at every step. Most importantly, we get to help make your work as widely discoverable as possible (for why that’s a good thing, see discussion of OA above).

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