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University of Johannesburg Joins ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Publishing Program

Researchers worldwide will benefit from access to graduate works from diverse South African research university

Cambridge, UK  ()

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has joined the ProQuest® Dissertations & Theses publishing program and will now contribute its graduate students’ dissertations and theses to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global® (PQDT) database, the leading source of emerging research from universities around the world.  


Thousands of graduate works from UJ, a Proudly South African university that offers world-class, internationally recognized academic programs in both undergraduate and postgraduate education, will be accessible by PQDT users around the globe and will be broadly discoverable via citations in major subject indexes and Google Scholar. Through publication in PQDT, UJ’s graduate students will gain even more international visibility and recognition for their critically important work.

Dissertations and theses often provide the most up-to-date research on a particular subject and are crucial to the global academic community. Now, millions of researchers at more than 3,100 universities from around the world will have access to the thousands of dissertations and theses published at the UJ.

“The University of Johannesburg is focused on producing research that address societies’ challenges – and many of our PhDs are at the cutting edge of this research,” said Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director of the Library and Information Centre at UJ. “We are particularly committed to sharing our findings in order to establish stronger research collaborations. A platform like PQDT gives us a unique opportunity to share our knowledge with a wider audience. As a university, we are doing leading research into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and by having access to the very latest research discovered by PhD students around the world, we are able to remain focused on the most up-to-date developments.”

"We are honored to welcome the University of Johannesburg to the community of prestigious research institutions who have chosen to partner with ProQuest to disseminate their research more widely via PQDT," said Angela D'Agostino, Vice President of Product Management at ProQuest. "The addition of UJ's graduate works further expands the international reach and diversity of research available through PQDT. Now more than ever, the global research community needs one-stop access to all populations and perspectives."

Originally created in 1939 in microfilm format, PQDT has grown to meet the increasing demand of technology and the global research community to archive and disseminate graduate works. Their extensive bibliographies are often relied upon to surface and directly link ProQuest users to additional primary 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. 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 database.

About the University of Johannesburg (

The vision of UJ is to be “an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future.” Its vision is to inspire its community to transform and serve humanity through innovation and the collaborative pursuit of knowledge. UJ’s strategic values position the university as the “Pan-African Centre” for Critical Intellectual Inquiry, with the primary goal of achieving global excellence and stature. 

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ProQuest supports the important work in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates six centuries of content – the world’s largest collection of journals, ebooks, primary sources, dissertations, news and video – and builds powerful workflow solutions to help libraries acquire and grow collections that inspire extraordinary outcomes. ProQuest products and services are used in academic, K-12, public, corporate and government libraries in 150 countries.

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