(oops, how did this end up a ‘page’? I wrote this a couple weeks ago but posted it wrong).
“Stanford doctoral students will now be able to post their dissertations on Google as the university replaces the traditional bound volumes of acid-free paper with e-files of scholarly work.” “Until now, Stanford has used ProQuest” ” The problem was solved by allowing the graduate students to embargo their work for up to five years, to give them time to get it published. They also will be allowed to decide whether to release either 20 or 100 percent of their dissertation to Google.”via Siva on twitter
Tell me if I have this right.
Traditional: Every Stanford dissertation is available in print at the Stanford library. You can go there and view it for free. You quite likely can get it (for free or nominal cost) in full or in excerpted photocopy via ILL. You can do these things right after publication, there’s no embargo (right? Or are traditional print dissertations sometimes embargoed?). If you want it electronically, then you (or your institution) has to pay Proquest, and there may be an embargo. But the paper copy exists and can probably be accessed by you one way or another right away.
New: There is no print copy. You can get it electronically for free from Google, only if the author’s optional embargo has expired, and only 100% if the author allows it, 20% otherwise. For some dissertations (how many this ends up being is significant, but hard to predict), there might be NO access to the full dissertation EVER. 20% after five years is all you get, and the Stanford library doesn’t even have a copy of the whole thing.
Am I missing something, or is this disturbing?