Answered By: Lauren Collister
Last Updated: Nov 23, 2015     Views: 16

Many publishers allow the use of published articles for theses and dissertations. Check the permissions or rights request links on the publisher's website. Many publishers such as Elsevier will have language like this: "Authors can include their articles in full or in part in a thesis or dissertation for non-commercial purposes."

This is not sufficient permission for a Pitt ETD, however, since Pitt ETDs are submitted to ProQuest, which is a commercial endeavor. Some publishers will allow this in their rights and permissions language, but many do not. In this case, it is best to request permission from the publisher. Sample letters to request permission are available from the ETD Copyright Website.  

For articles that are currently in review or editing but not yet published, it is best to ask for permission. 

When in doubt, ask for permission from the publisher. 


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