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Dissertation Publication

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

Publishing Options

On the Publishing Options menu page, you will see the following selections. You must choose the selections shown by clicking the radio buttons as shown. Spalding University advises placing no restriction of access on the document, however, costs associated with Open Access Publishing is the responsibility of the student author.


Most students opt to give broad reach to their work immediately rather than choosing an embargo. Reasons students have chosen to embargo their theses/dissertations include:

  • It is based on data that will be used for other/future publications of a research group, and the research group wishes the thesis/dissertation embargoed until these other works are published. If you think this situation applies to you, discuss it with your research group and adviser.
  • The student plans on obtaining a patent based on work in his/her thesis/dissertation.
  • The student is under grant or contract obligations that forbid publication in these circumstances.
  • The student plans on, or already has a contract to publish the thesis/dissertation with a publisher who requires that the work not be published elsewhere.  Generally, theses and dissertations require revision and editing prior to publication to such an extent that publishing this original version is not necessarily an obstacle to a later publishing contract.
  • Students choosing to embargo online publication of the full-text of their thesis or dissertation must submit a print copy to their school administrator and pay for binding. Students will have the option to order additional bound personal copies from ProQuest during submission.
  • Embargoes for longer than two years or for any reason other than those listed on the online submission form require special authorization and submission of the Academic Petition Form through your school or college.