Prior to this new service, digital copies of Columbia doctoral dissertations were solely available through ProQuest, a subscription service. In contrast, Academic Commons’ content may be viewed by anyone in the world with an Internet connection, thus ensuring the ongoing reach of Columbia research. Through its Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the Columbia Libraries has committed to maintaining Academic Commons for the future, guaranteeing safe data storage and eventual changes to technology.
In addition, the new system positively affects students. The dissertation submission fee has been reduced from what was once upward of $265 to $85. Because the dissertation is electronically submitted, students will not be required to print two hard copies of the dissertation, another cost-saving benefit.
"We are thrilled to provide a more streamlined and convenient service to our students," said Salvo Candela, Academic Affairs Officer at GSAS. "We are also pleased that our alumni will benefit from the public availability of their ideas, as well as the increased availability of their work to researchers, potential employers and publishers."
"The electronic submission of dissertations by Columbia Ph.D. students and their access and archiving through the Libraries’ Academic Commons will bring Columbia research to a global audience and encourage doctoral students to consider the power of digital multimedia and web access to their work," said James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian.
For more information about Academic Commons, go to http://academiccommons.columbia.edu/.