Publishing your Master’s Thesis at Brandeis
Master’s Theses in the BIR
The Brandeis Institutional Repository (BIR) has a long relationship with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Since the beginning of the BIR in 2008, GSAS has been a partner in preserving the scholarship of the graduate student community. To date, there are 558 Master’s Theses in the BIR covering a variety of subjects. As a Master student, the BIR is a great place to retain a digital copy of your research. If you are curious about how this collection looks in the BIR, take a look and browse the Master’s Theses Collection.
Submitting Your Thesis
The General Guidelines for Master’s Thesis Submission can be found here.
A step-by-step guide to submitting your Master’s Thesis to the Brandeis Institutional Repository (BIR) can be found here.
Overview and Publication Information
As part of the requirements for the Master’s degree, as specified in the University Bulletin, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) requires electronic submission of your thesis to the Brandeis Institutional Repository. In addition, the Certification of Master’s Thesis Acceptance Form must be turned into the GSAS Office one day before the specified submission deadline outlined in the University’s Academic Calendar.
GSAS collaborates with the Brandeis Library for submission and archiving of electronic versions of theses through electronic deposit to the GSAS Master’s Thesis Collection in the BIR. Authors may find this advantageous since an electronic version of the thesis can include photographs,simulations, video clips and sound, thumbnail pages, and links to aid navigation through the document. Adding color to diagrams of molecules and simulating three-dimensional models would enhance the impact and possibly clarify for readers some of your ideas.
Save a Microsoft Word .doc/.docx version of your thesis in addition to the PDF file you will eventually create in Adobe Acrobat. Name your file with your last name, “thesis”, and year of completion. No spaces should appear in the filename. Example: SmithThesis2018.pdf
Once your thesis is in a suitable PDF format for submission, go to the BIR and select “login” under My Account. Use your UNet ID and password to log in. Select the Submissions option under My Account. This will take you to the first step of the submission process.
After GSAS has approved the formatting, and your degree has been conferred by the Office of the Registrar, GSAS will release your thesis to the University Repository for public access. If you submit your thesis well before the submission deadline, it will not go into the electronic system until your degree has been conferred by the Registrar. Also, if the document appears to be incomplete or if there are questions about the reproduction of previously copyrighted materials, publication will be delayed until all concerns are resolved.
Once published, your thesis will be available on the World Wide Web as well as through OneSearch. In some circumstances, it may be possible to limit access to your work through a temporary embargo. Contact GSAS first to discuss limitations on access.
Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues
As the author of your Master’s Thesis you retain copyright of your work.
Copyright registration is not a prerequisite to copyright protection, but if a work is not registered within three months of first publication, attorney’s fees may not be recovered if a suit is brought nor can you collect statutory damages which the law provides in cases where real damage is difficult to show. It is your choice whether to register for copyright. For information on copyright registration or if you want more general information on copyrighting, please visit the ‘copyright’ page of this site, as well as the United States Copyright Office site at www.copyright.gov.
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