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The Road From Dissertation to Book Has a New Pothole: the Internet

By Jennifer Howard

Ann R. Hawkins, a professor of English at Texas Tech University, likes the idea of sharing research, but she’s worried that sharing has gone too far when it comes to students’ dissertations.

Not long ago, Ms. Hawkins heard from a junior scholar who wanted her to consider his revised dissertation for a series she edits for Pickering & Chatto, an academic press. She liked the idea—until she discovered his work was fully accessible on the Internet. Few would buy the specialized book, she worried, if much of its contents was already freely available.

“The problem I have is when anyone can either find the dissertation immediately on Google or by going to the university page and just clicking it and downloading it, whether they are in the United States or Taiwan,” Ms. Hawkins says. Unless he could limit access, she told the hopeful author, she wouldn’t consider it for the series.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com.library.capella.edu/article/The-Road-From-Dissertation-to/126977/

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