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On their website they stated that any unpublished studies will not be accepted.

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    Usually, PhD theses are published. – J Fabian Meier Sep 6 '16 at 19:06
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    The PhD thesis are published and become public documents. However, please try to make you paper self-consistent, since in general the PhD thesis might be hard to get(unless displayed on public repositories like arxiv). – Nikey Mike Sep 6 '16 at 19:12
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    I think you misstate the requirements. They do not say that "unpublished studies will not be accepted" as references, only that all references must be available either online or in print. – ff524 Sep 6 '16 at 22:47
  • @ff524 in that case, a PhD thesis would be an acceptable source because it has been "published". – Robert Columbia Sep 7 '16 at 0:39

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.

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