The Graduate Studies manuscript coordinator will be … Embargo: A delayed release or temporary access restriction to a work online.

Your selections apply to both ProQuest and Open Scholarship, the digital repository maintained by the Washington University Libraries: • no embargo = the full text of your dissertation (as a PDF) would be available on Open Scholarship, the university's digital repository, as soon as we process the files. While a full restriction cannot be renewed an additional two years at the partial restriction level may be requested. This decision should be made in consultation with faculty and/or research collaborators. ProQuest provides authors with options to make dissertations and theses available via search engines, such as Google and Google Scholar. If the student embargoes the dissertation, it will not be available in ProQuest until the end of the embargo period. Colleen Eren (Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, LaGuardia Community College and Graduate Center alumna) reported that the fact that she embargoed her dissertation did not, in the end, affect the interest of publishers in her work. In Open Scholarship, we will apply an embargo based on the date we process the thesis or dissertation (dates may differ from ProQuest for dissertations). The embargo request will be forwarded to the Dean for official approval and you will be notified of the results.
Authors should be aware that embargoing a dissertation may render it ineligible for a dissertation award. ... Embargoes & Restrictions . When you create your ProQuest submission account, you’ll find fields for entering your embargo period and reason when you reach the ProQuest publishing options step — this ensures that we don’t release your dissertation prematurely.

Works that are under embargo aren’t included in search engines via ProQuest, beyond a citation and abstract. Internet search engines are a key tool for all of academia, and we believe graduate works should be easy for researchers to find. Graduates wishing to extend their dissertation embargo must request and be granted a renewal; otherwise the dissertation will be fully released at the end of the initial two-year period. Dissertation authors decide whether or not to embargo their dissertations, delaying access to the release of the full text through ProQuest for a limited period of time. I called ProQuest/UMI to make sure I understood the process, as my graduate college website offered only a poorly worded form to fill out for a complete embargo (clearly meant for graduate work which could result in lucrative patents and classified information) and zero additional information. Be sure to consider the advantages of open access availability of your work before making a final decision. You should consult with your dissertation chair about the standards in your field before deciding whether or not to request an embargo. The title, abstract, attribution information and subject classification will be available during and after the embargo in the Library Catalog. Students now make their dissertation open access simply by choosing not to embargo it in Academic Works.)