The Scholarly Communication Unit of the David L. Rice Library is available to help the USI community navigate new modes of sharing and teaching, including open access, open education, author's rights and copyright. We offer online one-on-one consultations, workshops, and will happily attend group Zoom and Team meetings as well.
What is an Embargo?
Most thesis or dissertations are not embargoed, but are made publicly available. An embargo is a restriction that is is placed on a thesis or dissertation that only allows the title, abstract, and citation information to made public, while the full-text abstract is hidden for a limited amount of time. Upon the expiration of the embargo period, the full text of your dissertation will be accessible to the public.
Some reasons to embargo your thesis or dissertation:
The thesis or dissertation includes data covered by a nondisclosure agreement for a specified period of time, including personal information, company secrets, or intellectual property.
The author wants to patent something described in the work.
The author want to publish the work in whole or part in the future and is concerned that making the work public will interfere with that.
The author has previously published the work in whole or in part, and the publisher has restricting public release of the work.