You have the option of making your ETD publicly available within a few months following degree conferral, or placing an embargo on your ETD. Embargoes temporarily delay publication of your ETD to JHU’s institutional repository, JScholarship.
Students choose to place embargoes on their work if their ETD forms part or all of a larger work that they plan to publish with a journal or publishing company, and that organization has a policy against publication of previously published work.
Note: Most publishing companies with these policies make exceptions for theses and dissertations, so be sure to read the documentation carefully before choosing to put an embargo on your ETD.
Students may choose between embargo options of 1, 2, 3, or 4 years. During the embargo period, metadata about the ETD (author, title, abstract, etc.) will still be available to the public through JScholarship, but the text of the ETD will not be available.
If a student initially chooses to place an embargo on their ETD and later wishes to lift the embargo early, they may contact us in order to do so.
If a student initially chooses an embargo of less than the maximum 4 years allowed, and later wishes to extend the embargo before their ETD has been made publicly accessible on JScholarship, they may do so, so long as the embargo does not extend past 4 years from the original submission approval date. For instance, if a student submits their ETD in 2018 and places a 2 year embargo on it, they may later choose to extend the embargo for another 1-2 years, but may not extend the embargo past 2022.
JHU offers to submit ETDs to ProQuest on behalf of doctoral students only. JHU does not submit any masters theses on behalf of students to ProQuest. If a student later wishes to change their embargo options for ProQuest, check with us to confirm if we’ve already sent your dissertation to ProQuest. If so, the student is responsible for contacting ProQuest themselves to change the embargo, the library does not facilitate this.