NDLTD Launches Scholarly Journal

posted Apr 8, 2021, 9:17 AM by NDLTD Admin

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We are proud to announce the launch of the Journal of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (J-ETD https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/j-etd/ or https://www.j-etd.org) a new scholarly journal which focuses on an important part of the knowledge creation cycle - electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

J-ETD is an open access, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and hosted at the Scholarworks@UAEU repository of the University of the United Arab Emirates (UAEU). NDLTD already supports the Global ETD Search (http://search.ndltd.org/)

Each year many thousands of students prepare electronic theses and dissertations as they earn their degrees allowing them to share their scholarship and to master the tools for sharing research results. We invite you to read the journal to learn more about the theory and practice of producing, hosting, and indexing student scholarship that exists in digital format in the institutional repositories of universities,and to gain insights on the metadata that is indexed across many public sources. J-ETD welcomes articles by contributors from all areas of the globe related to all aspects of the creation, publication, distribution, cataloging, and indexing of original student digitized theses and dissertations.

We also invite you to become a journal contributor. We are interested in a wide range of topics (https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/j-etd/about.html ) and look forward to a community of authors that represent the world and provide rich insights into the creation, publication, distribution, cataloging, and indexing of ETDs. Submissions covering both theoretical and practical applications are welcomed. Significant conference papers presented at the annual ETD symposium sponsored by NDLTD will also be considered for publication in J-ETD.

Charles J. Greenberg
Managing Editor, J-ETD

Save the Date: ETD 2021 in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 16-17, 2021

posted Feb 25, 2021, 10:18 AM by NDLTD Admin

ETD2021 will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi, UAE on November 16th to 17th November 2021 with pre and post conference sessions on Monday 15th, Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th November.

The conference is likely to be a hybrid virtual conference with the expectation that we will be able to welcome on-site visitors to the UAE including Dubai during the EXPO 2020, which was deferred from 2020 due to the global travel restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are re-convening the ETD Conference Committee soon and if you would like to be involved, contact:

Janette Wright, Conference Committee Chair, UAEU


EDT 2020: NDLTD 2020 Award Nominations Due July 15th

posted Jul 1, 2020, 9:59 AM by NDLTD Admin

NDLTD 2020 Award Program Announced! Submit nominations by July 15th, 2020.

For details, click here.

ETD 2020: Register Now!

posted Feb 27, 2020, 9:58 AM by NDLTD Admin

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16 - 18 November 2020

Join us for the ETD 2020 Annual Conference!
November 16 - 18 in Al Ain, UAE at the United Arab Emirate University

Register Today

Register by 30th June 2020 to receive the early registration rate.

If you have any questions about the ETD 2020 Annual Conference,
please contact ETD2020@uaeu.ac.ae

ETD2020: Call for Papers

posted Jan 8, 2020, 9:24 AM by NDLTD Admin   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 9:54 AM ]

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Join us for ETD2020 (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) Conference in November 16-18, 2020 in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

Our theme, ‘Discovery, data, and dates’ is a reflection of our interest in the enhancement of discovery of research through digital repositories, access to data from around the world and how the Networked Digital Libraries of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) have contributed to research over time, and a light-hearted reference to our location in the home of research into date palms. 

The conference will be held at the United Arab Emirates University campus in the oasis city of Al Ain, within the Abu Dhabi Emirate of the UAE and we look forward to welcome you as researchers, librarians, archivists, open access advocates and industry representatives to this exotic location at a time of the year when the weather is perfect! 

Dates: 16-18 November 2020

Location: The state-of-the-art campus of the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain. 

First in the region

NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). We support electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide. 

See the web site www.ndltd.org for details and background of the NDLTD organisation which was established in 1998 and has since held international conferences in the US, Europe, Oceana, Africa and Asia. 

ETD2019 was held in Porto, Portugal in November 2019. Previous conferences have been held in Taiwan (2018), Washington DC, USA (2017), Lille, France (ETD 2016), New Delhi, India (ETD 2015), Leicester, UK (ETD 2014), Hong Kong (ETD 2013); Lima, Peru (ETD 2012); Cape Town, South Africa (ETD 2011); Austin, Texas, USA (ETD 2010); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (ETD 2009); Aberdeen, Scotland (ETD 2008); Uppsala, Sweden (ETD 2007) Quebec City, Canada (ETD 2006), Sydney Australia (ETD 2005); Lexington, Kentucky, USA (ETD 2004), and Berlin, Germany (ETD 2003).The first meeting was held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in June 1998. 

This conference, ETD2020 will be the first in the region, and we expect it will attract many participants from all over the world and specifically the Gulf region. 

Conference Themes: Discovery, Data, & Dates

We invite papers and posters on topics addressing electronic resources in research from managing print collections to e-collections in supporting research: 

  • Institutional repositories and platforms
  • Open Scholarship - Open Access - Open Science – policies, practices, use cases
  • Research Data management
  • Digital archives
  • Technical processes – scanning; PDF; OCR; Arabic language texts; format migration

Submission Timeline

Abstracts for proposed papers will be considered and upon acceptance presenters will be invited to provide full papers for peer-review and program development according to the following timetable: 

Call for papers

1st December 2019

Deadline for abstract submission 

February 1st, 2020

Acceptance of abstracts

February 15th, 2020

Deadline for full-length papers

May 15th, 2020

Acceptance of papers

June 15th, 2020

Conference program will include several invited keynote addresses, workshops and submitted papers/presentations. All presenters, including poster presenters will be invited to prepare and submit a final version for publication online, subject to editorial and peer review before publication. 

New journal

The NDLTD Board has decided to launch a new journal to publish such papers and related content. Selected papers of those submitted to the ETD2020 will be considered for editing and inclusion in the new journal from 2020. 

Please submit all abstracts (up to 350 words) in a word format providing Author(s) Names and affiliations; Title; and relevant conference theme. 

Upload at https://edt2020.exordo.com and  https://conferences.uaeu.ac.ae/etd2020/en/call_for_papers.shtml

Contact Details:

+971-3-713 4412


ETD 2019: Register Now!

posted Sep 3, 2019, 9:36 AM by NDLTD Admin

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Registration is open for the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations - ETD2019.

This year's conference will be held November 06-08, 2019, at Universidade
Portucalense in Porto, Portugal.

This year's conference speakers include Eloy Rodrigues, Director of the
University of Minho Documentation Services, Braga, Portugal, Joachim
Schöpfel, Associate Professor in Information and Communication Sciences at the University of Lille, France, Maria Manuel Borges, Associate Professor in Information Science at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Michael Witt, Associate Professor of Library Science at the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, USA.

ETD2019 also includes the following workshops:
  • Preparing code and data for computational reproducibility: a hands-on workshop - Edward A. Fox and William A. Ingram, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Plagiarism in research: its detection and avoidance using emerging tools and technologies - Ramesh C.Gaur, from Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, India

For additional information on the conference and speakers, please visit:

Website: http://etd2019.upt.pt/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ETD-2019
Twitter: https://twitter.com/2019Etd

We are looking forward to seeing you at Universidade Portucalense, in Porto!

E-mail: etd2019@upt.pt

NDLTD Announces ETD 2019 Travel Award Winners

posted Jul 3, 2019, 10:35 AM by NDLTD Admin

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NDLTD is pleased to announce the winners of the ETD 2019 travel awards. The winners will receive financial support to attend ETD 2019, to be held in Porto, Portugal, from November 6th until November 8th, 2019.

The ETD2019 Travel Scholarship winners are:
            1. Collence Takaingenhamo Chisita, Post Doctoral Student, University of South Africa, South Africa
            2. S M Masum Murshed, Assistant Librarian, Dhaka University Library, Bangladesh
            3. Tuelo Ntlotlang, Subject Librarian, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana
            4. Omer Hassan Abdelrahman, Associate Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
            5. Mayank Trivedi, University Librarian, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
            6. Lighton – Phiri, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Zambia, Zambia

ETD 2019: Fruits of Knowledge, Call for Papers

posted Apr 3, 2019, 4:27 PM by NDLTD Admin   [ updated Apr 9, 2019, 10:27 AM ]

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We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for ETD 2019, the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations. This is the key international conference to attend in order to stay abreast of developments and trends in ETD initiatives around the world. The conference will be held in Porto, Portugal, 6-8 November, 2019.

Plan to attend this important conference and consider submitting a proposal to present a paper or a poster exploring one of the themes of the symposium. This is an exciting opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with the larger ETD community.

Important dates:
  • Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2019
  • Submission of full papers: August 31, 2019
  • Extended Abstract/Poster/PowerPoint (PPT) Presentation submission deadline: October 15, 2019
Conference Theme

The conference theme “Fruits of Knowledge” focuses on relevant best practices to support ETD procedures, innovation and use. We aim to examine topics such as innovative ETDs, changing technological environments and legal and ethical issues. A reflection on the contribution of ETDs to the development of education, social integration, economic growth and technological progress will be the core goal of ETD 2019.

We invite you to submit proposals that address the following or related sub-themes:

  • ETDs for a sustainable world:
    • Access to information and knowledge: contribution to a sustainable world (educational, social, economic and technological development);
    • ETDs around the world;
    • Data Repositories.
  • Policies and legal aspects:
    • National and international policies and agreements;
    • Open data policies;
    • Intellectual property rights;
    • Data protection: sharing and storing of content; embargoes and restrictions;
    • ETDs publication.
  • Content innovation:
    • Research data, digital preservation, persistent URLs, archiving;
    • Data curation: to find, to access, to re-use;
    • Innovative ETDs: beyond PDF files (using new media: interactive graphics and embedded sound and video, websites).
  • Technology:
    • Open source software: sustainability of software developed locally and large open source systems;
    • Interoperability;
    • Changing technical environments.
  • Communities:
    • Reaching out to new audiences: Communication and promotion strategies;
    • Staff and knowledge within the community, planning, training and development.
Other topics related to ETDs but not limited within the sub-themes above may also be considered.

To know about the submission process and to submit your proposal, go to Submission.

Request for Proposals to Host ETD 2020 and 2021

posted Dec 26, 2018, 6:37 AM by NDLTD Admin


The NDLTD Conference Standing Committee is accepting bids to host the 23rd and 24th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, ETD 2020 and 2021. Hosting this prestigious international conference is a unique prospect since it also brings value to the hosting institution. As a host, the institution gains recognition as a thought leader in the areas of scholarly communication and digital pedagogy. In addition, the institution will share highlights of its scholarly accomplishments with conference delegates who come from well-known campuses from around the world. The conference also provides hosts with the opportunity to promote the most up-to-date scholarly practices to its own community of students and scholars and to identify partners across campus who are practicing digital pedagogy and who are proponents of scholarly communication.

The last symposium ETD 2018 was held in Taipei, Taiwan during September 26-28, 2018. The next symposium ETD 2019 will be held in during 4-6 November 2019 in Portugal. Some previous symposia were held in Washington DC, USA ((ETD 2017), Lille, France (ETD 2016) New Delhi, India (ETD 2015), Leicester, UK (ETD 2014), Hong Kong (ETD 2013); Lima, Peru (ETD 2012); Cape Town, South Africa (ETD 2011); Austin, Texas, USA (ETD 2010); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (ETD 2009); Aberdeen, Scotland (ETD 2008); Uppsala, Sweden (ETD 2007) Quebec City, Canada (ETD 2006), Sydney Australia (ETD 2005); Lexington, Kentucky, USA (ETD 2004), and Berlin, Germany (ETD 2003).The first meeting was held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in June 1998.

Please submit your bid by e-mail to Ramesh C Gaur (rcgaur66@gmail.com), NDLTD Conference Standing Committee -Chair. Please note that should your institution be chosen to host ETD 2020 or 2021 you will have the full support and help of the NDLTD Conference Standing Committee in preparing for the symposium. The conference planning handbook will also be available to the Local Organizing Committee. Potential bidders are encouraged to contact Ramesh C Gaur, Chair or any other member of the Conference Standing Committee early in the process of preparing their bid to express interest and receive guidance.

Bidders are encouraged to attend ETD 2019 at Biblioteca Geral da Universidade Portucalense (BGUPT) during November 4-6, 2019.

Special CUNY Web Seminar: Graduate Students as Scholarly Contributors

posted Nov 30, 2018, 11:39 AM by NDLTD Admin

Back in March, we were snowed out of presenting at the Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students conference, and we just couldn’t let all that preparation go to waste. So, we’d like to invite colleagues near and far to join us for an online presentation discussing our experience transforming the dissertation and thesis deposit procedure into a librarian-led scholarly communication consultation.


We hope you can make it, and we’re happy to answer questions on or off-list.



“Not Just Degree-Seekers: Graduate Students as Scholarly Contributors”

Led by Jill Cirasella and Roxanne Shirazi



Wednesday, December 19th

1-2pm EST (11am PST)



Zoom - Register here



Most graduate students are required to produce theses and dissertations that make an original contribution to the field of study. This requirement informs how students and faculty approach graduate research, but colleges and universities often treat the culminating works merely as student records, not scholarly contributions encompassing original research. Librarians, however, are uniquely situated to treat graduate students as emerging participants in the scholarly communication ecosystem and to help them prepare their culminating works for an outside audience. Librarians have the expertise to advise students during the submission process with questions regarding copyright, licensing, fair use, and author’s rights, as well as the awareness to spot such issues even when students are not aware of them.


Our institution recently moved responsibility for thesis and dissertation deposit from an administrative role to a librarian position. We will present our experience transforming the deposit process into a scholarly communication consultation, and will provide a first-hand report of the educational benefits of making deposit a library function, helmed by a copyright-literate librarian. This session will help participants identify how and where the thesis approval process takes place on their campuses, and strategize ways to insert librarian-led scholarly communication consultations into the graduation checklist.


Jill Cirasella is Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at The Graduate Center, CUNY.


Roxanne Shirazi is Dissertation Research Librarian at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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