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Benefits and Considerations

Open Access or Restricted Access?

Benefits of Open Access:

  • Continual access to the thesis by the author and others, any time and any place (24/7/365)
  • Centralized online location
    • Provides a convenient, single online location to which future researchers can refer.
  • Visibility
    • Increases the likelihood that the work will be discovered by others in diverse locations, thus increasing the ease of access to and visibility of students and their work, potentially enhancing job prospects or graduate school placement for students.
    • Shows the global community Wheaton’s commitment to undergraduate research.
  • Knowledge-sharing
    • Potentially an effective way of sharing original research both across and beyond the academy, regardless of format.
  • Preservation
    • Reduce wear and tear of copying on frequently requested theses. Ensures access into the future.

To select this option, all necessary copyright permissions must be obtained.

Authors retain copyright to their work.

Benefits of Restricted Access:

  • Future Publication -- Will the thesis or work be accepted for or data be used in publication later and are publication and/or grant proposal submissions compromised by posting first in a digital repository?
    • If a thesis is substantially revised, this may not be the case.
    • Consult potential publisher policies: some allow posting pre-prints while others do not, though increasingly, publishers permit authors to retain copyright to their work and to store digital copies of articles on institutional web sites. The ACS explicitly prohibits posting in a repository for their publications; biology can be restrictive; physics, less so. Policies are posted on publisher web sites. SHERPA/RoMEO provides summaries of publisher archiving policies.
  • Protection of Sensitive Data
    • Be particularly cautious when research involves the use of faculty data or inter-institutional collaborations.
  • Creative Work
    • Students producing original creative work, such as music, art, plays, video, short stories or novellas, should carefully consider the restricted access option.
  • Privacy
    • While Institutional Research Board approvals must be obtained when research involved human subjects, theses that include private information about individuals, including images, should carefully consider the restricted access option.
  • Student scholarship is shared with and made easily accessible to the current Wheaton community, including rising senior and senior honors thesis students (24/7/365).

Authors retain copyright to their work.

Questions? Contact Zeph Stickney or Deryl Freeman

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