AHA Statement on Embargoing Dissertations

Digital Historians, as many of you know, the American Historical Association’s Council adopted a statement at their July meeting encouraging the embargoing of dissertations for six years. This statement has generated a great deal of conversation on twitter and in the world of digital history about the changing conditions of scholarly communication and the kinds of leadership and direction the AHA should be taking on these matters:

We can and should certainly continue this conversation here:

  • What are the implications for those of us working in digital history?
  • What about our students who are working on digital dissertations?
  • Shouldn’t our focus be on the quality of the scholarship, not necessarily on the form of transmission?
  • Has anyone had a bad experience with a publisher because too much material was already available?
  • What about article publications?
  • What should we be saying to tenure and promotion committees about their duty to evaluate a range of forms of scholarship?

About Sharon Leon

Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media; 20th Century US social and cultural history; US Religious History; US Catholic History

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