If all publishing ends up online, [and] there's only one medium, then archiving anything online means that it’s been published. A student who put a story in his thesis could not then sell it to an online magazine because what would be the point?
Friday, January 7, 2011
Can I Say My Thesis Was Not Previously Published?
Kate Sutherland, in a tweet today @LawandLit, brought my attention to this article about how the mandatory digital deposit of theses and dissertations could threaten the prospects of creative writing students to find commercial print publishers for their novels and short story collections. It is a subspecies on the problem discussed in one of my earlier posts: "Can I Say My Story Was Not Previously Published"? Oronte Churm quotes the director of the University of Michigan's MFA in writing program as saying: