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Publishers' Thesis Policies: Publishers' Thesis Policies

Selected lists of publishers

These are selected lists of publishers.  Proper attribution is required by all publishers.  If your article was published by another publisher, please contact thesis AT  Please report any broken links.

Publisher permission requirements in flux

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is currently the only publisher who may or may not require an embargo of a thesis chapter that has been submitted for publication. In 2020, ACS established a much more liberal policy, but has left it up to individual editorial boards to decide how to implement the policy.


The Library is contacting editorial boards to request clarification on embargo policies for unpublished thesis content. The following journals have affirmed that papers under preparation for submission, as well as papers that have been submitted but not yet accepted, do NOT need to be embargoed. 
If you are looking to extend an already existing full embargo for a thesis chapter submitted to one of the journal titles below, you will need to fill out an extension embargo request and request a step-down from "full embargo" to "restricted to campus". This will likely also be the last extension approved, if it is.

  • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • ACS Central Science
  • ACS Nano
  • Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry A
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Synthetic Biology

There are some journals that do recommend that you embargo a thesis chapter until it has been submitted or published, but leave it up to the author and advisor. This is NOT a requirement.

  • Inorganic Chemistry