What it means for students, faculty, and their departments:
- Improves access to scholarly research because it makes your work accessible to anyone with an internet connection
- Easy worldwide access for your colleagues and collaborators
- Easy worldwide access to theses/dissertations for job and grant applications
- Free publicity for your research - the authors of electronic theses
become more widely known and their reputations are enhanced. In fact,
this process can increase the likelihood of being cited. Data suggest
that Open Access increased citation 50 to 500%
- This leads to increased rewards from universities, in the form of promotion and increased salary, and from granting agencies
- Repository is more convenient than making and maintaining your own webpage
- Supports your claim to the research you do. You can validate your claim by the upload date.
- A raised profile for your research institution
- Reduced costs for the student at the point of graduation since there is no need to have multiple copies printed.
- Some institutions implementing ETD programs have reported massive levels of use (thousands, or even tens of thousands of downloads) from around the globe.