After you have submitted your electronic thesis or dissertation and your college approves it, it will be available as follows:
Open access to your thesis or dissertation as described above does not affect your copyright or ownership of the content of your thesis or dissertation.
When you submit your thesis or dissertation, you will be offered several options for restricting access. Access options should be discussed with your adviser. Some colleges have embargo policies or standard practices, so do not embargo or close your ETD without checking.
If you embargo or close your thesis or dissertation, it will still be listed and indexed in the Georgia State University Library Catalog and in ScholarWorks@GSU, and the title, author, keywords, and abstract will be displayed on the web in the record for your thesis or dissertation.
When submitting your ETD, you will select either:
Closed Thesis or Dissertation
When you are uploading your thesis or dissertation, you have the option of Closed Thesis or Closed Dissertation. If you submit your ETD as Closed, access to it will be restricted to the Georgia State University campus as long as it remains Closed. You must take affirmative action to open your ETD to wider access. This level of access is the equivalent of the access that was available when theses and dissertations were only on a library shelf. Your thesis or dissertation will be shared as the result of an Interlibrary Loan request.
If you choose to embargo your thesis or dissertation when you submit it, and if at any time during the embargo period you subsequently decide that you wish to extend or remove the embargo on electronic access to your thesis or dissertation on ScholarWorks, email your college ETD administrator, who will tell you college procedures for embargo extensions and removals.