You can also check out the MIT Libraries page on Thesis Content and Article Publishing for links to relevant policies for several publishers.
Consult with IRB and your advisor for more information about either of these options.
An embargo would delay the release of the full-text.
If you are concerned about future publication possibilities, speak to your advisor about placing an embargo on your work, which would delay the release of the full-text for 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years.
Q: Could someone steal my ideas and publish them before I can if I make I my dissertation/thesis openly available?
Or you can register the copyright yourself (fees are $35 or $55 depending on the type of application).
Remember, this is not a required step – and it has nothing to do with your being the copyright holder.Q: I want to use graphs, charts, and images created by others in my dissertation/thesis. Q: What are the benefits of registering my copyright? A: Your thesis/dissertation is automatically copyrighted as soon as you write it, therefore it is not necessary to take any other steps to initiate your copyright Nevertheless, there are reasons you might seek to formally register your copyright with the U. If your work is very creative or you think it has potential to be re-used or mis-used by others, you might want to register.Plus, they put a copy of your work in the Library of Congress; you’ve arrived!Talk with your advisor, you may seek to redact the specific sensitive information and submit the redacted dissertation/thesis without an embargo if: Should you need to extend the embargo period because you are in the midst of patent negotiations, your advisor may request a one-time extension of the embargo from Pro Quest and Tufts Digital Collections & Archives. It is not as complete or as polished as I would like it to be.A: This is an understandable concern, but remember, this is a required step in getting your degree.Embargoes are available for 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.Should you need to extend the embargo period because you are in the midst of patent negotiations, your advisor may request a one-time extension of the embargo from Pro Quest and Tufts Digital Collections & Archives.Depending on what the agreement indicates, you may need to seek an embargo of your dissertation/thesis, which delays the release of the full-text (6 months, 1 year, or 2 years), or you may need to get in touch with the journal editor to discuss adding an addendum to your signed agreement that allows you to re-use the article.If you can’t find the author’s agreement you signed, you might want to look up your journal in SHERPA/Ro MEO, to see the typical author’s agreement for that journal, before contacting your editor to explain the situation.Q: Could someone steal my ideas and publish them before I can if I make I my dissertation/thesis openly available? Q: What are the benefits of registering my copyright? Q: Do I need to pay Pro Quest to make my thesis/dissertation available open access? Q: Will making my dissertation/thesis openly available in the institutional repository hurt my chances for publication?Q: I want to use graphs, charts, and images created by others in my dissertation/thesis. A: Talk to your advisor, others on your committee or in your department, basically anyone you know, to get a sense of the publishing landscape in your field. You could also think about seeking an embargo to give yourself a little more time. They are available for 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.