You should consider these options carefully. Feel free to ask Caltech Intellectual Property Office or legal counsel for advice, and to discuss this with your advisor.
- Please read the Thesis Dissemination Policy thoroughly to understand your options and limitations. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
- If you have any patent information included in your thesis, you may want to consider embargoing at least portions of your thesis. You should consider discussing this with someone in the Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partners as your patent application may be far enough along in the process to obviate the need for any any access restrictions for your thesis.
- If you intend to work with a publisher regarding journal or book publications, be sure you understand their policies and any agreements you would sign. We do know of 4 publishers who require rights to first publication, and who will likely require you to embargo the chapter that you have submitted for publication as an article.
- If you decide to restrict all or portions of your thesis, please make a note of it in the Internal Notes field in the Description tab of your CaltechTHESIS record.
- You will need to also fill out one of the two forms above, identifying the portion of the thesis t be restricted as well as the reason why.
- You and your advisor(s) will receive an email notification approximately one month before your thesis' access is scheduled to become unrestricted.