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Open Access for Graduate Students

Open Access is not just for faculty; graduate students can also decide to make their publications open access. At Purdue, graduate student publications generally fall into two categories: theses/dissertations and traditionally published articles. Below are steps to make theses/dissertations and traditional published articles open access. There is also several private and public benefits graduate students stand to gain by sharing either type of their work openly. To see some of these benefits, please visit the Benefits of OA @ Purdue page.


Thesis-option graduate students are required to create a thesis or dissertation. This process is managed by the Purdue Graduate School Thesis/Dissertation Office.

Once a graduate student has prepared their thesis/dissertation they will have the option to discuss with their advisor if they would like to make their thesis/dissertation open access. The immediate benefit of doing so is that current and future scholars, even graduate students doing work in similar areas, will know of your research immediately through a Google Scholar search, whereas otherwise only limited access to your work is possible. The process of making a thesis/dissertation open access is very simple at Purdue.

Graduate School Form 32 allows a student to inform the Graduate School of their wish to make their work open access. Once a student has spoken to their advisor, completed their GS Form 32, and received approval of their thesis/dissertation from the Graduate School, the Purdue Libraries will make it available in the Open Access Thesis/Dissertation Collection in the Purdue e-Pubs repository.

  • For more information about planning and preparing your thesis/dissertation, please contact the Thesis/Dissertation Office.
  • For more information on making your thesis/dissertation open access or more information on the Open Access Thesis/Dissertation Collection in Purdue e-Pubs, please contact Marcy Wilhelm-South.
  • For more information on copyright and its role with theses and dissertations, please contact Donna Ferullo.

Traditional Published Articles

Graduate students at Purdue are also the authors of their own published scholarship and articles in scholarly journals. They often also serve as collaborators with faculty. Since traditional scholarly publishers restrict access by charging individuals and institutions subscription fees to access the scholarship and research, those works cannot be widely accessed by all that might stand to gain from the work, cite the work, or build up on it. Graduate student authors that have their own traditional published articles may also use the Get Started page to evaluate and or add those articles to the open access institutional repository at Purdue, Purdue e-Pubs.

For graduate students ready to get started with open access at Purdue to evaluate and/or add those articles to the open access institutional repository at Purdue, Purdue e-Pubs, please click here.

For graduate students that would like to see more resources to get started please visit the Open Access Resources page.