Policies for Theses and Dissertations

Who Can Submit

The Theses and Dissertations collection only publishes approved and cleared work conducted under the auspices of the Air Force Institute of Technology's resident graduate degree-granting departments. For additional information, please contact afit.enwl.repository@us.af.mil. The submission will be reviewed by repository staff to ensure that guidelines have been met before posting.

  • Updated versions and revisions of content may be submitted and can be linked to the original posted version.

    5. Withdrawals

    The IR is meant to be a permanent scholarly record, and once a file is deposited anywhere in the repository, a citation to the paper will always remain. Removing content is discouraged. However, authors may request that the IR staff remove their files. The repository staff must approve all withdrawals. Reasons for removal may include copyright infringement, plagiarism, or falsification of data.

    Submissions that fail to meet contributor, copyright, or quality policies will be rejected. Contributors may resubmit files when all policies have been followed to the satisfaction of repository staff.

    6. Preservation Policy

    The IR staff uses standard data management practices to protect items stored in the repository. The database is backed up regularly and is kept secure against deletion or unauthorized modification. Additionally, each digital file will be placed into a dark archive on the AFIT network’s O: drive. Although IR staff is committed to preserving and providing access to all of the content in the repository, some file formats may cease to be supported as a result of changes in technology beyond our control. Files in some formats may no longer function on advanced computer equipment and become unusable. In addition, AFIT may determine that our current IR platform no longer meets the needs of our community. Should this happen, and where possible, staff will attempt to migrate all files to a new platform and continue to provide access to the content.


    A paper may be updated or removed from public view by sending a request to the AFIT Scholar administrator at afit.enwl.repository@us.af.mil. However, a citation to the original version of the paper will always remain on the site.

    Author Review

    OPTION 1 (author review):

    Authors are asked to review PDFs created from their papers within 5 days of being sent the PDF. At this stage, we're unable to make any changes beyond the rare error that occurs in PDF conversion.

    OPTION 2 (no author review):

    Authors do not have an opportunity to approve papers they have submitted prior to them becoming publicly available on the site; therefore, please be sure that the paper is ready for public distribution.

    Rights and Permissions

    Before submitting a paper to the repository, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared. You retain the copyright to your paper and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere.

    It is necessary that you agree to the terms of publishing in the repository listed in the author agreement.