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Dissertation Publication

This guide provides the step-by-step instructions for publishing your dissertation on ProQuest ETD.

Before You Begin

You will be entering information about your dissertation/thesis, uploading a copy of your work, and ordering printed copies (if desired). Your submission will be reviewed by staff at your school before they deliver it to ProQuest ETD.

Before you begin to submit, please be sure you have the following:

  • Full text of the dissertation/thesis in PDF format: Your dissertation itself must be in one file, though you can include supplmentary files, as discussed below. If your manuscript is in Word format, you can convert to PDF using the PDF conversion tool that is part of Word. You also must embed fonts in the PDF. For tips on creating PDF files, see Formatting Tips at the bottom of this page.
  • Abstract: you are required to submit an abstract as part of your completed dissertation. There is a 350 word limit for doctoral dissertations. Abstract must match the signed copy submitted to the graduate school.
  • Names of your Dissertation Advisor and other Committee Members
  • Subject Category: You must choose one subject category from the ProQuest Subject Category list that best describes the topic of your dissertation, and you should choose two more. Describing your topic in detail will make it easier for others to find it in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. 
  • Keywords: You also should provide up to 6 keywords to characterize your topic further to facilitate searching.  You should use significant words that are embedded in your abstract.
  • Optional Supplementary files: images, data, etc. that are an integral part of the dissertation, but are not part of the main document's full text.

College of Education

After your successful defense, make required revisions to your dissertation based on the College of Education's Dissertation guidelines first.

Doctoral candidate who has successfully defended should bring or send via e-mail the signed copy of his or her dissertation title page and the completed EDD Defense Evaluation Dissertation Decision and Revision Form to the Ed. D.: Leadership Program Coordinator, Luci Brown, in the College of Education office. Ms. Brown’s office is located on the first floor of the Spalding University College of Education and her e-mail address is lbrown13@spalding.edu. The Ed. D.: Leadership Program Coordinator will then send an e-mail to you that outlines the steps you should take to have ProQuest publish your dissertation. This email will include UMI Education – Current Dissertation Instructions that outlines the ProQuest Dissertation Submission Instructions. 

Once you have formatted your dissertation in accordance with the UMI Education – Current Dissertation Instructions, you can begin your upload into ProQuest ETD.

Page Numbers

NOTE: Your institution may provide you with specifications for some or all of these details, in addition to specifications for required sections, organization, pagination, and others. In cases of variation, your institution's specifications supersede ProQuest ETD. Please adhere to either/both your institutional specifications and those that follow here to ensure the highest quality reproduction of your work.

Verify Proper Formatting

ProQuest ETD makes no changes to the formatting or content of submitted manuscripts. Therefore, the burden of how the manuscript looks when it is accessed or printed is entirely the responsibility of the author. ProQuest ETD strongly recommends that individual authors take responsibility for reformatting the document into Adobe PDF, for checking the reformatted document for accuracy, and for submitting the PDF document to the graduate school or library for publication.
 
NOTE: Your institution may provide you with specifications for some or all of these details, in addition to specifications for required sections, organization, pagination, and others. In cases of variation, your institution's specifications supersede ProQuest ETD. Please adhere to either/both your institutional specifications and those that follow here to ensure the highest quality reproduction of your work.
 

Abstracts

ProQuest ETD no longer has a word limit on your abstract. The abstract as you submit it will NOT be altered in your published manuscript. Please include an additional version of your abstract in English, even if the primary language of your dissertation or thesis is not English. For additional information regarding formatting of abstracts, please see the FAQ.
 
NOTE: Your institution may provide you with specifications for some or all of these details, in addition to specifications for required sections, organization, pagination, and others. In cases of variation, your institution's specifications supersede ProQuest ETD. Please adhere to either/both your institutional specifications and those that follow here to ensure the highest quality reproduction of your work.