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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 library.caltech.edu.  Please report any broken links.

Publisher permission automatic

For the publishers listed below, you do not need to ask permission if you want to use content from your own articles in your thesis, .  Links lead to the relevant documentation at the publishers' websites.  Please note that the American Chemical Society (ACS) has policies in flux, and they can vary by specific journal.  Please further below for details.  Links are provided below each of these publishers' standard thesis permission pages, to their policies on embargoing/right of first publication.  The upshot is that chapters based on articles in their journals should not be released for distribution prior to publication at the journal's website, but are not subject to any further delay beyond the official posting date.

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The Library is contacting editorial boards to request clarification on embargo policies for unpublished thesis content.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:

  • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • ACS Nano
  • 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