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Theses & Dissertations: Depositing with ProQuest


With the Open Access Publishing PLUS from ProQuest publishing option, graduate students can publish their dissertations and theses with ProQuest on an open access basis. Once published, open access graduate works will be made available in the following ways, ensuring the widest possible exposure of the author’s graduate research:

  • PQDT: Open access graduate works will be available for free download to all users of the ProQuest® Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database, the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses.
  • PQDT Open: Open access titles can be retrieved via the ProQuest database PQDT Open. Anyone with access to the Internet will be able to read and download open access dissertations and theses for free.

ProQuest Open Access Fee

ProQuest's publishing agreement allows students to specify their choice of either Open Access Publishing PLUS or Traditional publishing when they submit.

Students who chose to publish their dissertation or Thesis in the Traditional Publishing model with ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database. 

Students who choose ProQuest's Open Access Publishing PLUS publishing option costs $95. This one-time fee funds the perpetual hosting of the student’s work for electronic public access.

There is no cost to make a thesis or dissertation open access in the CMU KiltHub Repository. 

More Information

Please see Open Access Publishing PLUS FAQ or feel free to contact ProQuest directly at or call 800-521-0600 x 77020

ProQuest Open Access Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing


PQDT Open Access Publishing PLUS

Cost: $95

PQDT Traditional Publishing

Cost: Free

Open Access Publishing PLUS from ProQuest X  
Option for Open Access from Your Institution X X
Optional Exposure to search engines X X
ISBN assignment X X
Editorial review X X
Bibliographic indexing X X
K-level MARC record on request X X
Published citation and abstract X X
Fulfills Mandatory Deposit Requirement with Library of Congress X X
Appendix check for copyright issues X X
Appendix check for copyright issues X X
Appendix check for copyright issues X X
On-demand print copies X X
Award eligibility X X
Copyright filing available ($55 service fee) X X