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Theses and Dissertations: Thesis and Dissertation FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the due dates for submission of my work?

            Please check due dates with your department and with the Registrar.

Do I have to pay ProQuest to copyright my work?

            No, you don’t. You retain sole ownership of and copyright to all work deposited with ProQuest. Copyright protection is secured upon deposit of your thesis or dissertation. If you wish, for a $75 fee ProQuest will formally file on your behalf with the Library of Congress. This transaction may make it easier for you to claim violation of your work and to obtain compensation in the unlikely event of copyright infringement. You may also choose to register your work with the Library of Congress for a fee without ProQuest’s assistance. 

Can I electronically submit my thesis or dissertation to the Library for ProQuest's digitization service?

            Yes. Please submit your thesis or dissertation to the LIU Brooklyn Library's dedicated email account: 

Should I place an embargo on my thesis or dissertation?

            Embargo or delay release blocks your work from ProQuest full text distribution in any format, including Dissertations & Theses Global and Dissertations & Theses @ Long Island University. ProQuest will still, however, publish the abstract and description you provide. Authors may opt for a six-month, one-year, or two-year embargo at the point of deposit. See below for ProQuest's embargoes and restrictions guide. The LIU Brooklyn Library suggests that you not embargo your work without a great deal of consideration; any embargo will make your work unavailable for a period of time to the scholarly community outside of LIU Brooklyn. At any point after LIU Brooklyn Library has submitted the work to ProQuest, you may alter, extend, or retract an embargo by contacting the company directly:, or call 800-521-0600, ext. 77020.

Why do I have to submit a digital copy of my thesis or dissertation to the LIU Brooklyn Library if I embargo my work?

            LIU Brooklyn Library requires that you make your contribution to scholarship accessible in the LIU Brooklyn Library. Your work will not be completely invisible even if embargoed. LIU Brooklyn Library requires that you submit a digital PDF file of your thesis or dissertation if you are placing an embargo on your work for any period of time. The library reserves the right to offer on-site viewing of embargoed theses. The library makes a digital copy available for users in the library only and prohibits photocopying or other reproduction. 

Why do I have to pay to publish my thesis or dissertation as an open access work? I thought open access meant free?

            Granting open access to your work results in more recognition and wider dissemination of your research and scholarship. Open access makes your work visible to the largest number of readers, possibly increasing its value. Read a detailed FAQ about ProQuest’s open access publishing option. Because your research is available free of charge, ProQuest earns no income (and you receive no royalties). For that reason, ProQuest charges an additional fee of $95 to process your request. 

            ProQuest’s open access publishing option offers free digital distribution of your thesis or dissertation to any online reader via these databases: Dissertations & Theses Full Text, Dissertations & Theses @ Long Island University, and PQDT Open. In addition, your work may also be located via search engines such as Google and Bing. Read more about third party discovery and access.

Who will answer my other ProQuest-related questions?

            If you have any questions about the publication of your dissertation or thesis, contact ProQuest’s Author and School Relations team directly at 800-521-0600, ext. 77020 or via email at