2017-2018 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2018) 
    Jan 19, 2022  
2017-2018 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctoral Capstone Project Inclusion in the Institutional Repository

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Notice of Right to Distribute

To assure transparency in doctoral training, Walden University reserves the right to distribute capstone products via the institutional repository (IR). Students cannot opt-out of IR participation. Capstones will be available in the repository as “Gratis Open Access”—the content is available to read free-of-charge, though its reuse is still restricted. Authors retain the copyright for their capstone product. Capstone products subject to this policy include dissertations, doctoral studies, project studies, and any equivalent documents that fulfill a doctoral capstone requirement. 

Capstone Product Content Distributed in the Repository

  • Every capstone product will be catalogued in the IR upon receipt from ProQuest/UMI.
  • The catalog record will include the title, author name, year of doctoral degree conferral, degree earned, the name of the committee chair, and the abstract.
  • By default, the full text of the capstone product will be available in the repository upon receipt from ProQuest/UMI.

Embargo Option

Authors may opt to restrict access to the full text of their capstone in the IR by requesting a 1-year embargo period. The student will receive instructions for electing this option from the Center for Research Quality along with other capstone completion documentation. If an embargo is requested:

  • The embargo period begins upon receipt of the document from ProQuest/UMI.
  • The full text of the capstone product will become available in the repository at the end of the embargo period, one year after receipt.
  • A catalog record is created for the document upon receipt from ProQuest/UMI; i.e., information about the document will be discoverable in the repository even during the embargo period.