30 June 2021 News Releases, Academic, Librarian, Faculty

Top German Research University Joins ProQuest® Dissertations & Theses Collection

Scholars worldwide will gain access to PhD dissertations from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, June 30, 2021 – One of the leading research universities in Germany is including its graduate works in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global® (PQDT) database, the leading source of emerging research from universities around the world.

The ProQuest database will include more than 2,000 current PhD full text-dissertations from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), along with future works. They will be accessible by PQDT users globally and will be broadly discoverable via citations in major subject indexes and Google Scholar, giving FAU’s authors more visibility and recognition for their research output.

Dissertations and theses often provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive and unique research on a particular subject. Now, researchers at more than 3,100 universities globally will have access to PhD dissertations authored by graduates at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. The FAU library can track, monitor and see trends in the usage of their theses by institutions worldwide with the new ETD Dashboard.

“At Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, we value our junior researchers as an important asset,” said Konstanze Söllner, Library Director at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). “The inclusion of PQDT in our research support services renders the path to publishing research results even more attractive to our doctoral candidates. Since we champion open-access publishing at FAU, we are pleased to be the first academic institution in Bavaria to give our doctoral students access to PQDT's distributive services and to connect PQDT to FAU's open-access online publishing system.”

“ProQuest proudly includes dissertations from FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, one of the top research universities in Germany for more than 275 years,” said Angela D’Agostino, Vice President of Product Management at ProQuest. “We are committed to helping maximize the discoverability of their authors’ work by enhancing every title’s metadata records and increasing the awareness of their high-quality content to researchers and students using our platform worldwide. Subscribers and submitters to PQDT represent countries around the globe.”

The fast and seamless discovery of more than 5 million works in PQDT – 2.7 million in full text – improves access to this important content. Cross-searching with other scholarly material on the ProQuest platform simplifies research workflows even further, saving time for users and broadening the scope of their searches. The full spectrum of content in PQDT is also available in the ProQuest One™ Academic collection.

Learn more about ProQuest’s dissertations and theses publishing options.

About FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Founded in 1743, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) retains a strong sense of tradition while delivering the minds and ideas of tomorrow and safeguarding academic responsibility. Knowledge in motion at FAU describes our culture of intensive networking across one of the broadest ranges of research and subject disciplines for innovative research and teaching. Innovation, diversity and passion inspire our activities across the areas of People, Education‚ Research and Outreach from a regional and international perspective.

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