Before you submit your thesis or culminating project to SOAR, please read through your options on this page. On the submission form (linked below), you will be asked to make several choices about how your documents are described, shared, and used by others. If you have questions about these choices, please talk to your graduate program advisor or the Scholarly Communications Librarian.
When you are ready to submit, use this link:
[Notice: Students should only submit final documents
that have been accepted and approved by their graduate programs.]
Students retain copyright as the thesis or project author. This means you have the right to decide how to distribute, build upon, or otherwise use the work. Each option described below is a choice in the Electronic Master's Project Submission Form linked above.
Most student authors will have the choice whether to upload the full text or only a description of your thesis/project. Students who accepted grant funding from donors that require open access publishing of the final work MUST upload the full text. (Ask your advisor if you are not sure of your funding requirements.)
(Optional) Data sets or supplementary materials
You may upload data sets or other supporting materials of up to 20 MB size as supplementary documents with your thesis/project. If your data set or other supplementary materials are larger than 20 MB each and you want them to be openly available and linked with your project, we recommend that you create a free personal account on Figshare and submit the DOI link and a description in the "Other notes/information" section of the SOAR submission form. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
You will be asked to make your document upload choices on the Master's Project Submission Form.
Graduate student authors who upload the full text may choose to delay distribution of their thesis/project in SOAR for a period up to two years from the date of acceptance of the thesis/project. Most students will release their project immediately, but students expecting to expand upon the work or to publish the work in a scholarly journal may decide to enact an embargo period. If you have questions, discuss placing an embargo on your project with your supervisor.
You will be asked to make your embargo choice on the Master's Project Submission Form.
SOAR offers authors the option of including a Creative Commons (CC) license on your work. CC licenses allow authors/creators to specify exactly how a others may use their work without asking permission for each use. All CC licenses still require attribution, meaning the author of the original work must be cited/attributed in the reuse.
You will be asked to make your CC license choice on the Master's Project Submission Form.