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What Happens to Your Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)

Information about Access When You Submit an ETD at Washington University in St. Louis


“I want my work to be available as soon as it is published”
Select Yes/No (length of time).

Embargo: A delayed release or temporary access restriction to a work online

Works that are under embargo aren’t included in search engines via ProQuest, beyond a citation and abstract.

In Open Scholarship, we will apply an embargo based on the date we process the thesis or dissertation (dates may differ from ProQuest for dissertations). 

  • None: Immediate release (upon processing)
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • Permanent (displays in Open Scholarship as 100 years)
  • Other (any other length by request)

An embargo does NOT mean no one will have access to the material at all. A record of your work will still exist, including your name, title, and abstract. The full text of theses and dissertations under embargo held by the Washington University Libraries may be viewed by a patron under controlled conditions that parallel conditions of print submission: they can only be read in a library reading room at Washington University and cannot be electronically copied or distributed via Interlibrary Loan. 

Embargoes expire automatically. You may extend or cancel it at any time, even well after graduation, but once your dissertation is sent to the Libraries, you will need to contact us and ProQuest separately to make changes.