If you are thinking of publishing your thesis with a publisher, depositing it via Open Access may at first seem contradictory to that goal. However, the two options are not mutually exclusive, and opting for Open Access first is definitely worthwhile considering.
Won’t Open Access interfere with my chances for publication?
In short: probably not. It very much depends on the publisher and there is, of course, a possibility that they won’t publish your thesis if it is freely available on Open Access. However, it is always possible to restrict access to your thesis again at any time. And while you are still looking for a publisher, your research is already available to the community. There has been some work done on this issue, Interviews with editors and publishers showed that Open Access theses are always considered for publication, see Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities? Findings from a 2011 Survey of Academic Publishers.
What if my thesis consists of already published articles?
If your thesis consists of already published articles, your ability to provide it for Open Access mainly depends on your publisher(s) and you will need to have their permission for Open Access publication. Additionally, if your publishers agree to Open Access, there may be further requirements to consider and it would be easiest to contact us directly to talk about the necessary steps. Some further information can be found on our copyright page.
What about copyrighted material I have used in my thesis?
If you wish to publish an article or a book using material from your thesis, then you would need to seek permission again from any third party rights holders; unless you specifically state in your original request that you will also be seeking to publish using the materials as well. It is not unknown in these eventualities for a rights holder to request or expect a fee to be paid. Permission is normally granted to reuse an item ONLY under the circumstances originally requested. Please refer to our copyright pages for further information.