ProQuest/UMI has posted on its webpage (date unclear) a demo of enhancements to the ETD Administrator Tool. Enhancements include a fresh look/feel to the site, the ability to add tags, student ability to save in progress submissions, and the ability for administrators to select which embargo enhancements are available to students. Further, ProQuest/UMI has committed to making continuing updates to meet user needs. Although it is uncertain if this is a new or old demo (perhaps around 2008) the demo is useful for those interested in seeing how the tool operates. See their online demo.
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In January 2010, Colorado State University (CSU) began accepting ETDs (see previous blog post). Now the institution has announced it will be mandating ETD submission beginning January 2011. CSU will submit ETDs via ProQuest’s ETD Administrator, and will also retain an archival copy in its digital repository. The Survey of Earned Doctorates is also submitted online. Find more information by viewing this CSU presentation, at the Graduate School site, and at the Libraries webpage.
In the week since ProQuest made its announcement regarding fee changes for institutions submitting ETDs, there has been much conversation about what this means for institutions who are considering the adoption of ETDs and those who have already been making their ETDs available through their institutional repositories.
If you are following this conversation, then you might be interested in the post from LibraryJournal.com which includes several quotes from ProQuest’s Austin McLean as well as from Sarah Shreeves, IDEALS repository coordinator at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign – who utilizes Texas Digital Library’s Vireo tool.
The article makes explicit mention of the Vireo ETD Submission and Management system as one alternative to ProQuest’s ETD Administrator and as an example of the variety of mechanisms institutions currently have for making their ETDs discoverable and accessible to the world.
The first sentence from the article sums it up, “In a move with potentially broad implications for the world of Electronic Dissertations and Theses (ETD), ProQuest has dropped the fees for those using its ETD Administrator program and interface.”
Today ProQuest distributed an email to its graduate school partners noting a radical shift in publication fees beginning September for institutions submitting electronic theses and dissertations. According to the email,
Over the last seven years, many of our new and long-standing partners have made the transition from paper delivery of dissertations and theses to electronic delivery by using the ProQuest ETD Administrator. The shift to electronic submissions delivers important benefits to both ProQuest and partner institutions. Improved workflow processes, reduced costs and enhanced editorial processing are examples of the advantages of electronic submissions. These advantages reinforce our motivation and commitment to having partners adopt this delivery mode. By year’s end, we will have built an additional 50 ETD Administrator sites for our publishing partners, bringing the total number of sites to over 350. With over 60% of current manuscripts being delivered electronically to ProQuest, we have experienced significant cost savings and workflow efficiencies while providing the same high quality editorial services. As a result, we are very happy to announce a major change in our publishing fees, and we are even more excited about passing these savings on to you and your graduate students.
Traditional publication fees for institutions using the ProQuest ETD Administrator will reduce to zero, while those using FTP or another electronic deliver method will be reduced to $25. Institutions using paper delivery will remain the same as the previous year: $65, and those using the Open Access publishing option will continue to pay $95.
It will be interesting to see how this update will impact the adoption of ETDs and use of the ETD Administrator Tool. See the ProQuest press release.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., August 11, 2010 – Singapore Management University, through a joint project with its Office of Research and its Li Ka Shing Library, joins the ranks of research institutions worldwide who contribute to ProQuest’s acclaimed Dissertations and Theses database. With the addition of Singapore Management University’s intellectual output, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, the world’s largest commercially available repository of graduate works, will expand its global reach into Singapore.
Singapore Management University is the first university in Singapore to publish with ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. This is part of a larger movement of international universities that are raising their global profiles by making their graduate works accessible through ProQuest’s service. Most exciting is the decision to use ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Open, which provides the full text of dissertations and theses to users free of charge. The University supports open access of theses and dissertations and makes its graduate research available for free on the open Web.
“This is an exciting step as we welcome our first publishing partner from Singapore,” said Austin McLean, ProQuest’s Director of Dissertations Publishing. “We’re confident this will enhance ProQuest Dissertations & Theses’ regional coverage of dissertations and enable researchers who rely on this database to have a more richly constructed global perspective on business, legal and social sciences issues.”
See the full text from ProQuest.
Scholarly Communication at Texas A&M recently posted a blog regarding an Open Access ETD initiative at The University of Central Florida. An excerpt follows:
The University of Central Florida (UCF), a global public research university with comprehensive graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels, has announced that their students’ electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) will soon be made available “to a much wider audience”. Beginning in Fall 2010 UCF ETD’s will be contributed to freely accessible national and international databases including the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and the Worldwide ETD Index. In addition, UCF ETDs will be made available to web crawlers to show up in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
The post also addresses UCFs decision to move from mandatory to optional ProQuest/UMI submission, as well as to remove ProQuest/UMI processing from its standard ETD workflow. Further information about the University’s new ETD submission process are available from the Library website. Also, see the complete blog post for further details.