It’s not clear what kind of platform it was on; if I understand correctly, it had already been digitized, but not made publicly available — so presumably not a repository, or even an e-theses database).
He shared a copy in Scribd, which was at that time used “Mendeley-style” by many researchers to share interesting information with others in their field.
Which publishers still have policies that mean they won’t consider papers / books developed from theses that have previously been made available online?
Is this still a valid concern on behalf of the author in this case — has he really been harmed to the extent that another academic should be imprisoned? Ramirez et al., found “more than half of the science journals responding (51.4%) reported that manuscripts derived from openly accessible ETDs [Electronic Theses and Dissertations] are welcome for submission and an additional 29.1 percent would accept revised ETDs under certain conditions”.
Nonetheless, the case has dragged on; after several postponements, the final arguments were presented in April this year, with the Judge’s final decision due on May 24th.
Colombia’s legal system allows for a prison sentence of up to 8 years for copyright infringement (more than the maximum for a sexual assault or for people trafficking, points out; some suggest that the penalties were made harsher as part of Colombia’s free trade agreement with the US, which wanted to increase protections for commercial copyrights around music, film and so forth — academic copyrights, and transgressors, have been caught up in that).
The BU African Studies Library does have other drafts, which include some typed, but mostly handwritten pages, on various types of paper (including onion skin).
completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities and a stipend up to US,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.
Retrieved from Proquest Dissertations and Theses database.
Academic coaches and leadership (Master’s thesis, Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada).