After your final revisions are complete, your manuscript has been edited, and you are completely finished with your thesis or dissertation, you’ll upload your manuscript to ProQuest. What is ProQuest, you might ask? ProQuest Central is the largest multidisciplinary full-text database on the market, providing access to 47 of ProQuest’s databases encompassing more than 175 subjects, making it one of the largest research resources in the world. Every year, more than 130,000 dissertations are added to ProQuest.

What’s involved in submitting my manuscript to ProQuest?

There are two ways you can submit your dissertation or thesis to ProQuest: through the official online submission tool called ETD Administrator; or through your school’s electronic submission method, which they then submit to ProQuest. It is typically required to be submitted in a PDF, so make sure all of the formatting is correct and appropriate prior to final submission. It cannot be password protected and no digital signature should be on it. If you have any supplemental information like spreadsheets, audio, or video, they need to be added as supplementary files and described in your abstract, along with any supporting documentation like reprint permission letters or third-party software licenses.

What about embargo options?

Students have the option to embargo their manuscript for up to two years. You might choose to do this in order to submit articles to journals for publication, if there are any patents pending, or if you’re concerned about data privacy. Some students want to turn their dissertation into a book, and an embargo may be a good choice if you’re thinking about this. People will buy your book to read your research rather than look up your dissertation online for free through their institution. Typically, the embargo options are 1 or 2 years. If you’re planning to hold off until a new publication comes out, the longer the embargo the better. If you’re considering putting an embargo on your manuscript, talking with your dissertation advisor about it can help you make an informed decision.

Will my dissertation be copyrighted?

If you live in the United States and want to register for a copyright for your dissertation, you can register for a copyright through the ETD Administrator in ProQuest for $55.00 to protect your manuscript and become immediately eligible for statutory damages and attorney fees. ProQuest submits the application to the United States Copyright for you and then gives you the certificate from the Library of Congress. Once your manuscript is published on ProQuest, a permanent link is created. This can be especially beneficial because it helps protect your work and your intellectual property.

If you’re planning to submit your dissertation or thesis to ProQuest, Dissertation Editor can help ensure your manuscript is thoroughly edited and properly formatted before you officially submit. Contact us today to learn how we can help you finish the final steps for submission!