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Art MFA Thesis: Open Access Publishing

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Find basic links, guidelines and articles related to open-access publishing in Kilthub - CMUs Institutional Repository,  University Policies on Intellectual Property and Fair Use, images and Fair Use, and articles on the topic of embargos. Tap here to see the University Libraries Citation Guide.



Kilthub (previously Research Showcase) is Carnegie Mellon's open access institutional repository (IR) built on the Figshare platform for research data and scholarly outputs produced by CMU members and collaborators. It's purpose is to broaden dissemination of works authored by the CMU community across the globe and to assure long-term preservation and access of content.



  • When you deposit your thesis in Kilthub, you retain full copyright and agree to the University Libraries non-exclusive right to reproduce and distribute your work and assumes is that you have complied with University Policies and Fair Use.
  • If you decide to embargo your submitted thesis in Kilthub, descriptive data including your abstract is visible.  Here is an example.
  • The Kilthub Dissertation and Theses Checklist provides an option to singly or additionally submit your thesis to Proquest/UMI, a for-profit service that sells its dissertation and thesis content to libraries, entities or individuals through subscription or personal sales. For example, CMU Libraries has a subscription to Proquest Dissertations and Thesis Global. Ask more about this if interested.
  • The checklist also provides an option to apply for a Creative Commons (CC) license at varying levels of sharing.  Ask more about this if interested.


Open-access suggested reading

Open Access and the Graduate Author: A Dissertation Anxiety Manual
CUNY Graduate Center

from Dissertation Reviews
Dissertation Embargoes and Publishing Fears

Part 1 Open Access and Dissertation Embargoes

Part 2 Publishing a Revised Dissertation

Part 3 To Embargo Your Dissertation, or Not?

Diane Dawson. “Making Your Publications Open Access: Resources to Assist Researchers and Librarians.” College & Research Libraries News 74.9 (2013): 473–476. Web.

Copyright and Fair Use

CMU Libraries
Copyright: What you Need to Know
Copyright Issues Related to Publishing Your Dissertation

Other reliable guidelines on Fair Use:

Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research and Study (VRA Visual Resources Association)

VRA Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research and Study
Reproduction of Images in Theses and Dissertations (p.11)

Copyright Permissions and Fair Use among Visual Artists and Academic Museum Visual Arts Communities (CAA College Art Association)

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use (Association of Research Libraries)

Fair Use Checklist (Columbia University Libraries)

VRA Visual Resources Association
Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright