The Idealis has just featured “Dissertation to Book? A Snapshot of Dissertations Published As Books in 2014 and 2015, Available in Open Access Institutional Repositories” by Anna Marie Johnson, Tyler Goldberg, and Robert Detmering (all University of Louisville), published in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. The authors found that:
Only a small percentage of books published as dissertations were found in ProQuest and then subsequently in IRs. The number of libraries holding book titles with corresponding dissertations in IRs dropped between 2014 and 2015. The lists of publishers who published dissertations as books was very similar between 2014 and 2015 data and included large, commercial publishers…
Students should be aware that only a small percentage of the total number of dissertations produced in a year are subsequently published as books, that the time between dissertation and book publication is substantial, and that some subject areas are more likely to be published than others.
This study may be useful to faculty, students, and library workers interested in the effects of embargoes and repositories on monographic publication.