CUNY Academic Works is an online repository of research, scholarship, and creative work created by the CUNY community. All content in CUNY Academic Works is freely available to everyone, and if anyone searches for your topic in a search engine like Google Scholar, there’s a good chance your thesis will come up! You will also be able to easily link to your thesis on your CV, your website, or your social media feed.
Inclusion in Academic Works is voluntary. It is not a requirement for graduation.
If you do choose to post your thesis or capstone in Academic Works, a wider audience will be able to access your work, including colleagues, students, and potential collaborators.
Works posted in Academic Works will be made publicly available on the internet. Anyone can see them.
When you upload your work, you can set an embargo to delay the date when your work is made available. This may be helpful, for instance, if you are publishing part of your thesis elsewhere.
Inclusion in CUNY Academic Works does not preclude the publication of that work elsewhere.
However, some publishers have policies against publishing work that is already publicly available (for instance, in a repository like Academic Works). Please check with your advisor if you think this may be an issue.
Once a work is posted to Academic Works, it cannot be changed or removed, so please check with your advisor to see if there are any issues with sharing your work publicly.
Please consider participant privacy as part of your research process. I am unable to assess whether submitted work adheres to best practices for protecting the privacy of participants. If you need help, please talk to your advisor, or consult:
While the QC collection of electronic theses is currently very tiny, you can read theses from across CUNY in Academic Works. Note that some may still be embargoed and will become available when their embargoes expire.
That’s it! You should receive an email confirmation that your submission was received.
If you have questions at any point in the process, please email me!