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Publishing your Doctoral Dissertation at Brandeis

Doctoral Dissertations in the BIR. 

Did you know that the BIR is committed to the long-term preservation of your work? By submitting your doctoral dissertation, the BIR assures access to your work for you and future researchers in your field. More than this, by placing a digital copy of your research in the BIR, you will never worry about losing your personal copy. The BIR is an Open Access resource, which means it is free. By submitting your dissertation into the BIR your research will be searchable through major search engines such Google, Bing, etc., making your work more visible to the scholarly community.

If you have decided to place an embargo on your dissertation, no problem. Just let us know by contacting us.

Submitting Dissertations in Digital Format

You can submit you dissertation online by going through the BIR.

Your dissertation should be in a PDF format. You should check your file carefully after converting the file. Sometimes spacing changes, etc. when you convert a document to a PDF.

PDF Conversion: 

Your Word file(s) must be converted to a single PDF file.

  • Embed all fonts
  • Save all JPEG images into the PDF
  • In the abstract, list any electronic files that cannot be embedded within the PDF file

There should be no compression or password protection and no digital signature should be used. Keep in mind, that GSAS cannot make any changes to the document. Please make sure you follow all guidelines set forth by GSAS, which can be found here.

A step-by-step pdf guide to submitting your Doctoral Dissertation to the BIR can be found here.

About the BIR

Brandeis University provides a repository to preserve and provide free online access to work produced by Brandeis faculty and students.

Content accepted for inclusion in the BIR must be:

  • Original work created by a current member of the Brandeis community
  • Produced by Brandeis University faculty and staff, or student work sponsored by Brandeis faculty or departments
  • Focused on education and/or research
  • In digital format
  • Ready for public distribution
  • Compliant with US copyright regulations
  • Work for which the author/owner is willing to grant the BIR non-exclusive preservation and distribution rights as described in the submission license

The Library Advisory Committee will address any questions about appropriateness of content for the institutional repository in keeping with University policies. In evaluating specific materials for inclusion in the BIR, consideration is given to their purpose, preservation, audience, rights and permissions.
The content of the Brandeis Institutional Repository is organized in “communities” that reflect the academic and administrative structure of Brandeis University. For example, the community for the School of Arts and Sciences has “sub-communities” for each department and program. Within the communities or sub-communities, “collections” of works can be organized by research group, individual faculty member, content type or other logical groupings that meet the community’s need.

GSAS Doctoral Programs

Creative Arts

Music Composition and Theory
Musicology 

Division of Humanities 

English
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Division of Science 

Biochemistry and Biophysics
Chemistry
Computer Science
Molecular and Cell Biology
Neuroscience
Physics

Division of Social Sciences

Anthropology
History
Politics
Psychology
Sociology

Joint PhD Degree

Sociology and Social Policy

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