Do Geophysical Research Letters (AGU) accept PhD thesis as reference? In other words, can be possible to cite a PhD thesis in a GRl paper?
On their website they stated that any unpublished studies will not be accepted.
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Of course. At all universities I've ever heard of, the PhD thesis is public (potentially after a waiting period for intellectual property reasons), and consequently it can be cited.
It may of course be that these theses are not always easy to get -- they may not be on the internet, for example -- but they exist and are available to the public from the library, for example.