CAMBRIDGE, UK, December 16, 2020 – Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has become the first Dutch university to join the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses publishing program and will now include its PhD theses to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT) database, the leading global source of emerging research from universities around the world.
WUR is one of the Netherlands' top-ranked research universities, with a focus on three key areas: food, feed and biobased production; natural resources and living environment; and society and well-being. Its PhD theses will be accessible by PQDT users at more than 3,100 universities from around the world and will be broadly discoverable via citations in major subject indexes and Google Scholar, giving WUR's authors more visibility and recognition. Through the ProQuest TDM Studio service, WUR's works will be included among the dissertations and theses available for text and data mining, an increasingly important method of accelerating research breakthroughs.
"The library at WUR is committed to supporting early-career researchers to showcase their work. By selecting PQDT as an additional global distribution channel, we are aiming to amplify visibility and impact of our graduates' output and simultaneously increase the university's brand awareness," said Hubert Krekels, University Library Director at Wageningen University & Research. "Given these benefits, paired with a dissemination model that enables us to also distribute our works through additional channels, it was easy for us to make the decision to work with ProQuest."
"We are excited about WUR joining PQDT as the first Dutch content partner, and to help maximize the discoverability of their researchers' work," said Angela D'Agostino, Vice President of Product Management at ProQuest. "Scholars around the world can look forward to finding and accessing WUR's crucial content from the life and social sciences through the PQDT platform and distribution network."
Originally created in 1939 in microfilm format, PQDT has grown to meet the increasing demand of the global research community to archive and disseminate graduate works. Dissertations and theses often provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive and sometimes unique research on a subject and their extensive bibliographies are often relied upon to surface sources that might otherwise be missed.
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. The full spectrum of content in PQDT is also available in the ProQuest One Academic database.
About Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University and Research (WUR), founded in 1918, is a Dutch public university focusing on the domain of food and living environment with the mission "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life." WUR has been placed among the top 150 universities in the world by three major ranking tables. For more information visit WUR's website.
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