Once available through any form of open access, be it ProQuest or a university library’s public access materials, that dissertation is functionally published, though this does not constitute refereed publication.
Without the quality control implied by refereeing, ProQuest “publication” will not count for tenure.
What is considered a publication?
While specific use of the term may vary among countries, it is usually applied to text, images, or other audio-visual content, including paper (newspapers, magazines, catalogs, etc.). The word publication means the act of publishing, and also refers to any printed copies.
What is a published dissertation?
A dissertation is the main element in completion of a Ph.D. The central element of a doctoral dissertation, and the quality that differentiates it from a master’s thesis or an undergraduate thesis, is that it must make an original contribution to its field, usually using primary research.
Is a dissertation considered a book?
The answer is easy. Pat wrote a thesis, not a book. But the operating instructions of scholarly publishing rarely form a part of graduate training, which means that young scholars are usually thinking about the academic book business for the first time when the dissertation is already complete.
Are ProQuest dissertations published?
Dissertations that have been published using the ProQuest Open Access publishing model are available to all users for free. Excellent sources of original research on specific topics, dissertations are a crucial form of scholarly communication.