Policies for Capstone and Graduation Projects


Capstone and Graduation Projects only publishes capstone/graduation projects prepared by students of the American University in Cairo in fulfillment of a graduation requirement at the University. Capstones and graduation projects must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for inclusion in Capstone and Graduation Projects.

  • The uploaded material must be the final version of the project, which incorporates all corrections and changes requested by the project advisor.
  • The material must have been approved by all parties: proof of such approval must be provided.
  • The material complies with all policies and procedures established by the University, its schools and departments. Authors may be required to upload proof of such compliance during the submission process./li>
  • The material complies with and does not violate any of the terms of the submission agreement.
Documents that do not meet these criteria may be rejected or removed. For additional information, please contact fountadmin@aucegypt.edu.

Embargos and restrictions

During the submission process, authors will be given an opportunity to determine the availability of their material. Authors may elect to make their material available online immediately after the submission has been approved. This option is preferred.

Authors may also choose to restrict online access for six, twelve, and twenty-four months from the date of submission. These options should be chosen only for a specific reason (such as a pending patent, or a publication under review), or after discussing embargo options with the thesis supervisor. After the embargo period elapses, the material will automatically become available online.

Extensions of the embargo period beyond the period of twenty-four months from the date of submission are only granted in exceptional circumstances. Authors requesting a prolonged embargo must submit a request in writing to fountadmin@aucegypt.edu.

Rights and Permissions

Submission to Capstone and Graduation Projects does not entail a transfer of rights: Authors retain full copyright to their material, and may publish their research with a commercial publisher. However, authors will be required to agree to the terms of the Submission Agreement, and grant a public license which enables AUC to publish the material online. As part of the Submission Agreement, authors must warrant that they have the necessary rights to do so.

If the material uses third party materials (e.g. images, tables, maps, ...), authors must secure the necessary permissions for all of these materials before uploading.