Deposit Dissertation

Deposit Dissertations

Congratulations for producing a valuable work of research!

The University Libraries provides a repository named Research Showcase to preserve and provide free online (open) access to the work produced at Carnegie Mellon faculty and students.  Carnegie Mellon strongly encourages CMU authors to deposit their work in Research Showcase or an open access disciplinary repository such as the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), arXiv, or Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) because open access broadens dissemination, increases use, citation, and impact, and maximizes the return on investment in research.

For more information, see:

PH.D. Dissertations and Master’s Theses

Carnegie Mellon’s Guidelines on Author Rights and Preservation [pdf] strongly encourage graduate students to:

  • Confirm they own the copyright to their Ph.D. dissertation or Master’s thesis if the research was conducted with external funding.
  • Acquire the copyright owner’s permission for any third-party material included in their dissertation or thesis.
  • Consult their advisor and the University Libraries to ensure they make informed decisions regarding dissemination and preservation of their dissertation or thesis.
  • Whenever possible, deposit a digital copy of their dissertation or thesis in Research Showcase for long-term preservation and open access. Students control when their work deposited in Research Showcase becomes freely available – open access – on the Internet. Carnegie Mellon strongly encourages students to make their work available open access immediately, but recognizes that there are legitimate reasons to delay open access. To support these delays, students depositing work in Research Showcase can specify an embargo of six months, one year, two years, or five years between deposit and open access.

Providing open access to dissertations and theses facilitates use of these important works and helps create an online academic identity and presence for the authors, factors increasingly important to employers. Open access to these works will also help Carnegie Mellon recruit new faculty and students.

Ph.D. Dissertations

You can publish your dissertation with ProQuest/UMI, with Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, or in both venues. Understanding your options and the tradeoffs is important. Carnegie Mellon encourages Ph.D. students to think carefully about how you want your dissertation to be discovered and disseminated and whether you need to register your copyright. There is no one-size-fits-all recommendation. You should understand the trade-offs and make informed choices based on your needs and preferences.

Depositing / Publishing Your Dissertation

Publishing CMU Dissertations: Options, Pros and Cons [.pdf]

Master’s Theses

Students may submit a digital copy of their master’s thesis in PDF format on CD or DVD. Digital submissions are cataloged and deposited in Carnegie Mellon’s open access repository, Research Showcase. Students can specify a delay of six months, one year, two years, or five years between deposit and when the work becomes freely available – open access – on the Internet.

The University Libraries does not sell or profit from student work.  Students should ask their departmental adviser how to submit their finished thesis to the library.

Master’s Theses Checklist for Electronic Submission [.pdf]

For further questions, please contact Alice Bright,