Publishing from a digital dissertation

This query came from a member of the ANS Advisory Board!  Please comment and share you opinions, and if you have policies for your journal related to this, let us know!

Our university is coming into the 20th century with a soon to be made decision to digitalize dissertation submissions and records. We have a choice between digital commons and ProQuest. While there are pros and cons to each my question is in regard to ANS and the digital commons. If the dissertation is placed on digital commons will ANS view this as a publication and thus the material will not be considered for publication in ANS? Has this been discussed at the editor’s group?  I appreciate your input.