Participate in Major ETD Survey!

posted Aug 31, 2021, 1:02 PM by NDLTD Admin

We are requesting participation in an international survey of Electronic Theses and Dissertations--ETDs. While ETDs have been part of academia for over 20 years, this is only the third survey that attempts to collect data on the general practices of academic institutions around the world regarding ETDs. For the purpose of this survey, an ETD is a born-digital document that represents the research/writing of a student completed at the culmination of a degree program, e.g., masters or undergraduate honors thesis, doctoral dissertations, scholarly project, etc.

Please take about 15 minutes to complete this anonymous survey by pasting the URL below into your Internet browser.

Information from the 2021 International Survey of ETDs will be summarized and shared broadly through publications, presentations and in easily accessible public repositories.

Thank you very much for participating in this important effort.

Gail McMillan
Director, Scholarly Communication
Professor, Virginia Tech Libraries
Board of Directors, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) 540-231-9252

Teresa Green
Director of Graduate Academic and Student Affairs
College of Graduate Studies
The University of Toledo
Board of Directors, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

Dr. Shantashree Sengupta
Librarian (Associate Professor Grade)
Progressive Education Society’s Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce (Autonomous),
Shivajinagar, Pune-411005. Maharashtra. India

EDT 2021: NDLTD 2021 Award Nominations Due September1st, 2021

posted Jul 14, 2021, 10:17 AM by NDLTD Admin

New Submission Date!
All institutions may nominate, not only NDLTD members!

ETD 2021 - UAEU Conference Update, June 30th 2021

posted Jun 30, 2021, 11:25 AM by NDLTD Admin

UAEU Libraries at the United Arab Emirates University will again host the international ETD (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) Conference in
2021, the 24th conference in the NDLTD series.


  • The virtual conference will take place on November 16th and 17th, 2021 with pre- and post-conference workshops on November 15th, 18th, and 20th.
  • The conference Registration – will be Free!!
  • There will be online networking sessions in a variety of time zones to suit your region: the Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East, and Asia Pacific.


The Call for Papers for ETD2021 UAE will be extended to allow your participation:
  • 1 August: Submit an Expression of Interest
    • Provide name, affiliation, and contact details including your location.
    • Provide topic or field of interest.
    • Send this as an electronic mail message with Subject “ETD2021 Interest” to
  • 15th August: Submit abstract for peer review (700-1,000 words, plus references)
  • 22nd August: Review returned, and when appropriate, an invitation to submit a full conference paper
  • 30th September: Submission of full Conference Paper

CONFERENCE THEME FOR ETD 2021: ‘Open scholarship in a post-pandemic world’

ETD 2021 is an opportunity to re-ignite global open scholarship after the period of the pandemic lockdowns and travel restrictions.

We invite papers and presentations, especially on the following topics:
  • open scholarship - advocacy and uptake;
  • global discoverability of research findings in an increasingly virtual world;
  • identifying and aggregating digital repositories of theses and dissertations;
  • technical and policy issues for electronic theses and dissertations.

Conference Registration – will be Free!!

Link to conference website for more information:

ETD2021 Conference - United Arab Emirates University

posted May 17, 2021, 6:02 PM by NDLTD Admin

Dear Colleagues,

We are Libraries Department of the United Arab Emirates University. This year we are embracing ETD2021 Conference. we communicate with you to invite you to attend or participate in our upcoming ETD2021 (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) conference in November 2021. Our theme is ‘Open scholarship in a post-pandemic world’ addresses the enhanced need for discoverability of research findings in a virtual world. The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) has contributed to research over time and collaboration by identifying and aggregating digital repositories of theses and dissertations as a previously fugitive class of research resources. The deadlines;

  • Call for Papers, May 1st 2021
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission, July 1st, 2021
  • Acceptance of Abstracts, July 15th, 2021
  • Deadline for Full-Length Papers, Sept 15th, 2021.
  • Acceptance of Papers, Oct 15th, 2021.

Would you please help us to disseminate our call paper by ETD 2021 official Email: . If possible please post to any relevant listserv at your institution or within your organization.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Al Ain in the U.A.E in November!! For more information visit conference website :

ETD Conference Committee
UAEU Libraries
United Arab Emirates

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 or 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 (

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 ( ) 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: 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 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 and

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:


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


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