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eScholarship@UMMS

UMass Medical School's digital archive and publishing system for research and scholarship, available at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu

Dissertations and Theses

UMass Medical School dissertations and theses are archived in the GSBS Dissertations and Theses collection and the Graduate School of Nursing Dissertations collection in eScholarship@UMMS.  You must submit an electronic copy of your dissertation or thesis to your Graduate School as part of your graduation requirements, along with an eScholarship@UMMS Submission Approval Form.  Contact your Graduate School office for the forms and information about the process.  eScholarship@UMMS includes the functionality to store supplemental data files that go along with a student’s thesis or dissertation (view examples).

GSBS Students - Submit Your Journal Articles!

Calling all student authors in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences!  Submit your research articles (publications that have been completed here at UMMS) to eScholarship@UMMS.  Click on Submit Research in the left sidebar. Have the PubMed ID of your article ready -- it can be used to quickly pull information from PubMed about your paper and populate the submission form.  

The GSBS Student Publications collection serves as a showcase and makes this body of work accessible to our students, faculty, potential recruits, the citizens of Massachusetts, and the world.

Publisher Policies on Content Previously Published in Dissertations

Students often wonder if content previously published in their thesis or dissertation will be accepted for submission by journal article publishers.  As publisher policies on duplicate or prior publication vary, it is best to check with the publisher in question.  Many publishers include this information on their websites.  For example, Nature will consider submissions of material previously published as a thesis or dissertation.  Don't hesitate to contact the Library if you need assistance in this area.

The MIT Libraries have compiled a helpful chart summarizing the policies of some publishers.

A December 2012 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on a recent survey of science journal editors: "Putting Dissertation Online Isn't an Obstacle to Print Publication, Surveys Find." 

On a related note, the Harvard University Press Blog observed that immediate open access for dissertations can be advantageous for young scholars:  Can't Find It, Can't Sign It: On Dissertation Embargoes

View the Global Reach and Readership Activity of GSBS Scholarship