You may choose to make your ETD available as an Open Access or Campus Access document. If you choose Open Access, anyone with access to the internet may view, cite, and download your work. If you choose Campus Access, only users who have a UMass Amherst NetID and password may immediately download your work. All other users can place a request to access your ETD through their own library's interlibrary loan department.
The Campus Access option will expire after a period of either one year or five years, depending on the term you select. The PDF will then become available as an Open Access document after the Campus Access period has expired.
Campus Access ETDs will have two download buttons. The blue download button is for on-campus UMass users. The white off-campus download button is for UMass users who are not on campus. Clicking the whtie button will then prompt you to log in with your NetID and password.
After your ETD is approved and posted, we cannot retroactively convert it to campus access. However, if you choose campus access and would like to convert it to open access, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An embargo delays the availability of the full text of your manuscript for a specific period of time. The PDFs of embargoed ETDs cannot be viewed or downloaded by anyone other than the Graduate School and the University Libraries. Titles and abstracts for embargoed documents are visible to all users. Embargoes are typically requested when:
We offer three choices for embargo term lengths: six months, one year, or five years. If you need an embargo that is longer than one year, you must request a memo from your Graduate Program Director stating that person's approval for the extension. The memo must be submitted to the Graduate Student Service Center prior to your degree date. If you choose both Campus Access and an embargo, the embargo will supersede Campus Access control.
Embargoed ETDs will show the embargo lift date directly below the blue download button. The PDF will not be accessible until the lift date.
We cannot extend embargoes after they have lifted. If you would like your embargo to be extended, it is important that you contact the Graduate School prior to the lift date. If you would like to lift your embargo early, please email email@example.com.
Creative Commons (CC) licenses help authors indicate how they would like their materials to be used. Authors who want to make their work available to the public for limited kinds of uses while preserving their copyright make want to consider using a CC license: