|Brian Cockburn's principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, and intellectual property.|
Copyright@JMU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
An ETD is an openly-accessable electronic verison of your thesis/dissertation that will be kept by JMU Libraries instead of a bound, paper copy.
After you have submitted your electronic thesis/dissertation and the Honors office or Graduate School has approved it, it will be available as follows:
You will be offered several options for restricting access (referred to as an embargo) when submitting your thesis/dissertation. While immediate open access is the default, embargo options should be discussed with your advisor, and both the advisor and the thesis/dissertation author should agree. Both the Graduate School and Honors program will ask that you and your advisor sign the Document Agreement indicating appropriate availability.
Options for Restricting Access to an ETD (Embargo)
There are several situations in which you should consider restricting access to your work. JMU offers two embargo options: one year, and two years. If you select an embargo, your thesis/dissertation will not be available through the Library until the end of the embargo period. The title, abstract, attribution information, and subject classification will be available during and after the embargo the Library catalog.
Why might I want to embargo my work: