[Irtalk] ETD under attack

Allison Fullard afullard at uwc.ac.za
Wed Sep 26 16:11:02 SAST 2012

Dear colleagues
How do you manage "scare talk" from University executives who express displeasure that full texts of theses appear online "before supervisors have protected the IP" or before the authors "have published in high impact factor journals"?
1. UWC has a process for supervisors to work with the Office of Technology Transfer who advises us to embargo specific theses.
2. There is an operational time-lag of around a year before the theses are available online in our ETD.
My sense is to remind them that NRF is behind the NETD project and that South Africa is in step with international practice in knowledge management.
What do publishers think about articles that have been derived from content that has previously been available online?  I recall there was a paper at 2011 ETD conference about publishers' stance on such articles.   
I'd be most interested to learn of practices at other institutions where students plan to publish out of a thesis and therefore do not want to submit to ETD.   
Thanks in advance
Allison Fullard
Deputy Director: Library Services
University of the Western Cape
Ph:  27-(0)21 959-2923  
Fax:  27-(0)21 959-2659

Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535
South Africa

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