An article, published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, shares the results of a recent NDLTD study regarding science journal editors perceptions of ETDs as a prior publication. Based on a 28% response rate, 55% indicated that submissions from ETDs were always welcome, there were 13% that would not consider ETD-based submissions, 21% indicated they would be considered on a case-by-case basis, and 9% indicated that the submission would have to be subsantially revised. My take home message: Students still need to do their homework. Embargos are a good idea for some students who may be submitting to the minority group of publishers who are cautious about accepting works based on ETDs, while open access may be perfectly fine for many. Student authors cannot make assumptions. They need to know their field and the general assumptions of the journals they plan to work with.
Category Archives: Electronic Theses and Dissertations
The TxETDA/USETDA Region 3 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for oral presentations and posters to be exhibited during the Texas ETD Association/USETDA Region 3 Joint Conference, which will be held at Texas A&M University on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, 2013.
USETDA Region 3 members are especially invited to attend this conference, but all of those with an interest in ETDs, regardless of location are welcome to attend. USETDA Region 3 includes the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming..
We encourage proposals for oral presentations and posters relating to the following program theme: “Pioneering Partnerships”. Note: Strictly commercial presentations and posters will not be accepted.
Please submit a 200-300 word abstract that includes the following information:
- Title of poster or oral presentation
- Author(s), including institutional or corporate identity and email address
- Summaryof content to be included in poster or presentation
- Well written, clear, logical, and well organized
- Original, timely, and relevant to the ETD field
- Contribute to the advancement of ETDs
- Develop ideas, offer conclusions, and provide useful and practical findings
- Provide a good visual description of the project (for posters only)
Poster and presentation proposals will be reviewed and selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- Relevance to the focus of the conference
- Significance of content
- Helpfulness/interest to conference attendees
Oral Presentation Details:
Oral presenters should plan for a 45 minute presentation with at least 15 minutes for questions and answers. Exact session times will be assigned following review and acceptance.
DEADLINE FOR ORAL PRESENTATION ENTRIES: Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Review of submissions will begin immediately. Entrants will be notified of their acceptance or denial no later than: Wednesday, January 16, 2013.
Posters will be displayed on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. All poster presenters must be present at the poster session to answer questions.
Posters size information will be forthcoming. Easels may be available at the conference site upon advanced request; however the TxETDA will be unable to provide power for multimedia displays.
DEADLINE FOR POSTER ENTRIES: Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Review of submissions will begin immediately. Entrants will be notified of their acceptance or denial no later than: Friday, February 1, 2013.
Oral presentation and poster entry information should be submitted via e-mail to: Billie Peterson-Lugo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to include your name, institution, e-mail address, proposal title, and abstract.
The US Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association has issued the call for proposals for USETDA 2013, to be held in Claremont, California (near Disneyland resort, beaches & Hollywood) July 24-26, 2013. Proposals will be accepted for presentations, panel sessions and posters. For more information see the USETDA Proposal Submission Site.
Deadline: Proposals should be submitted before March 15, 2013 to be considered.
Proposals should reflect the conference theme: Waves of Change: Oceans of Opportunity
Additional questions should be address to the USETDA Board: email@example.com
Those of you interested in ETD workflow management systems may want to look at this article, in the Code4Lib Journal. Abstract is below:
Collecting and disseminating theses and dissertations electronically is not a new concept. Tools and platforms have emerged to handle various components of the submission and distribution process. However, there is not a tool that handles the entirety of the process from the moment the student begins work on their thesis to the dissemination of the final thesis. The authors have created such a tool which they have called Jarrow. After reviewing available open-source software for theses submission and open-source institutional repository software this paper discusses why and how Jarrow was created and how it works. Jarrow can be downloaded and the project followed at http://code.library.unbc.ca.
by James R.W. MacDonald and Daniel Yule
Mark your calendars for the 2013 Texas ETD Association/USETDA Region 3 Joint Conference to be held at Texas A&M University February 28-March 1, 2013.
TxETDA is collaborating with the US ETD Association to offer its first regional conference. USETDA Region 3 includes the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Non-Region 3 members are also welcome to attend.
The committee is working now to organize a program packed with helpful and practical information to advance the knowledge of ETD professionals, as well as to provide opportunities for networking with graduate school and library colleagues.
The call for presentation and poster proposals will be forthcoming. Start thinking now about information you might share with colleagues in a poster or presentation format.
More details will follow in the coming months!
TxETDA Conference Planning Committee
University of Washington has moved to ETD submission, using the ProQuest ETD Administrator tool. According to the article,
Gone are the days of paying potentially hefty sums to print and bind hard copies of UW master’s theses or doctoral dissertations. And students no longer have to haul paper versions of their works to Graduate School staff for final submission. The process is now mostly electronic—and free of charge.
See the full article on their Graduate School Blog.
The US ETD Association has announced its 3rd annual conference to be held July 24-26, 2013, in Claremont, California. The theme for USETDA 2013 is, ”Waves of Change: Oceans of Opportunity”.
USETDA 2013 is for ETD professionals from graduate schools, libraries, academic computing and others who work with ETDs. Our goal is to offer relevant, practice-oriented content to support ETD productivity improvement, ETD professionals, advance ETD operations, and encourage the formation of state-wide ETD associations in the United States.
More information will be forthcoming in future announcements and also made available on the USETDA 2013 Web page.
Mark your calendars; planning is underway for an incredible program!
USETDA 2013 Conference Planning Committee
Pam Anan, Claremont University Consortium Library
Melissa Cardenas-Dow, University of Redlands Library
Frances Chu, Western University of Health Sciences Library
Crystal Goldman, San Jose State University Library
Allegra Gonzalez, Claremont University Consortium Library
John Hagen, Renaissance Scholarly Communications
Laura Hammons, Texas A&M University Graduate School
Chris Jones, Claremont University Consortium Library
Angela McCutcheon, Ohio University Graduate School
Carmen Mitchell, California State University San Marcos Library
Bobby Parker, University of Florida Libraries
Marisa Ramirez, California Polytechnic State University Library
Brena Smith, California Institute of the Arts Library
Stacy Wallace, University of Florida Graduate School
Israel Yanez, University of Northern California Library
I’ve attended a number of ETD-related conferences over the past year and have had the privilege of listening to presentations by a group of individuals working on an MLIS grant project on the lifecycle management of ETDs. I’m truly excited about the work this group is doing to investigate and document issues from the creation to the preservation of ETDs. If you are interested in following their work, the see their Wiki, the Guidance Documents for Lifecycle Management of ETDs . I understand, once the project is complete, the outcome will be a series of documents and resources which can be used for workshops and other types of training.
It’s time to ramp up for USETDA 2012, to be held in the Boston, Mass area from June 13-15. Conference registration is now open. A tentative conference schedule is available, and hotel reservations can be made at the discounted rate of $149 per night. See more on the USETDA 2012 homepage.