Open Access Publishing PLUS: An Overview for Graduate Schools and Libraries

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With the Open Access Publishing PLUS from ProQuest publishing option, graduate students can publish their dissertations and theses with ProQuest on an open access basis. Once published, open access graduate works will be made available in the following ways, ensuring the widest possible exposure of the author’s graduate research:

  • PQDT: Open access graduate works will be available for free download to all users of the ProQuest® Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database, the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses.
  • PQDT Open: Open access titles can be retrieved via the ProQuest database PQDT Open ( Anyone with access to the Internet will be able to read and download open access dissertations and theses for free.

The Open Access Publishing PLUS publishing option costs $95. This one-time fee funds the perpetual hosting of the student’s work for electronic public access.

Choosing Open Access Publishing

ProQuest's publishing agreement allows students to specify their choice of either Open Access Publishing PLUS or Traditional publishing when they submit. They will pay the fee for Open Access Publishing PLUS publishing as determined by their graduate institution (graduate works submitted via the ProQuest Electronic Theses and Dissertation Administrator and published via Traditional Publishing). The university may choose to cover, or to subsidize, the Open Access Publishing PLUS publishing fee.

Open Access Publishing PLUS for ProQuest versus Traditional Publishing

All of the same services and processes that go into Traditional publishing efforts will apply to Open Access Publishing PLUS from ProQuest. They will be indexed, microfilmed, preserved and archived as they have always been.

For More Information

Please see Open Access Publishing PLUS FAQ or feel free to contact ProQuest directly at or call 800-521-0600 x 77020

Open Access Publishing PLUS from ProQuest versus Traditional Publishing

Open Access Publishing PLUS

Dissertation: $95

Thesis: $95

Traditional Publishing

Dissertation: $0

Thesis: $0

(no fee for submission via ETD Administrator)

Open Access Publishing PLUS from ProQuest


Option for Open Access from Your Institution

Optional Exposure to search engines

ISBN assignment

Editorial review

Bibliographic indexing

K-level MARC record on request

Published citation and abstract

Fulfills Mandatory Deposit Requirement with Library of Congress

Appendix check for copyright issues

Digital preservation and dissemination

Microfilm archiving and preservation

On-demand print copies

Award eligibility

ETD Administrator* available

Copyright filing available ($55 service fee)

*ProQuest's online submission and administration tool.