Restricting Access to an ETD (Embargo)

Requesting an Embargo

You will be offered several options for restricting access (referred to as an embargo) when submitting your thesis through ProQuest. These same embargoes will be applied to the copy made available through the Arthur Lakes Library at Mines. Embargo options should be discussed with your advisor.


Effective Spring 2014, embargo agreements will no longer be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. Please select embargo agreements in ProQuest under both the Publishing Settings & Copyright section and the Institutional Repository (IR) Publihsing Options section. Please make sure that both sections in Proquest match.  


Options for Restricting Access to an ETD (Embargo)

You will be offered two embargo options: six months and one year. These delay publication of your thesis through Arthur Lakes Library or ProQuest until the end of the embargo period. The title, abstract, attribution information, and subject classification will be available during and after the embargo in the Arthur Lakes Library catalog.

Below are some scenarios when an embargo should be considered:

  1. If your work is based on data generated through research that will support other publications from people on the research team (such as your advisor), it may be necessary to refrain from releasing that data, as it underlies your thesis, while other publications are prepared.
  2. If you plan to apply for a patent based on research that is discussed in your thesis, you should be aware of the rules governing prior publication of material for which a patent is sought. Generally, once patent applicants publish their ideas or invention, they have a one-year window in which to submit their patent applications. After one year, the applicant's own publication may be considered "prior art" that could prevent the issuance of a patent. Since electronic distribution of your thesis through either ProQuest or Arthur Lakes Library is publication for this purpose, an embargo will delay the beginning of this one-year time clock against a potential patent application.
  3. If your thesis contains data or material that was generated pursuant to a grant or contract and is reviewable by the sponsor or grantor prior to publication, you should select an embargo option.
  4. If you are planning to publish all or part of your thesis and know that publishers in your field consider open access electronic theses to be prior publication, you may want to consider an embargo.