Publishing Strategies for Graduate Students: Open Access and Embargoes – what’s best for your career?
"Heated discussion erupted over the American Historical Association statement suggesting that Universities allow PhD recipients to embargo their electronic dissertation for up to six years while they pursue a book contract. Harvard University Press responded with a blog post that made a convincing case that immediate open access could be advantageous. At Boston College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Social Work and the Lynch School of Education have all adopted new embargo policies within the last year. Students express confusion about the policies and anxiety about making the right choice for their career. During Open Access Week, the University Libraries and GSAS will present a panel discussion on this topic. Panelists from Harvard University Press, BC faculty, graduate students and librarians will engage in a dialog on the issues presented by the availability of open access dissertations, embargo policies, and the realities of publishing a book based on a dissertation. The discussion and a question and answer period will be followed by a reception."