Publishing Doctoral Dissertation

There are a number of items to consider as you prepare to submit your graduate work.

If your university does not participate in ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Dissemination program, you can still submit your work to us; use this form to request a publishing agreement.
 
Preparing your manuscript for submission

Depending on the method supported by your graduate school, you will submit your manuscript in one of three ways:

  • As a PDF file through our online submission tool (preferred), ETD Administrator
  • Via your university delivering the files to ProQuest via another electronic means (typically via FTP)
  • As a paper copy we will digitize

Regardless of your submission method, there are several things that you can do to optimize your manuscript.  Please see the Preparing Your Manuscript Guide for further information.

Author Agreement

Authors enter into a non-exclusive publishing agreement with ProQuest, where the author keeps the copyright in their graduate work. Authors are paid a 10% royalty for sales in all formats. See the full traditional publishing agreement for the details.

Inclusion of other people's copyrighted material

Including material produced by other authors in your dissertation or thesis can serve a legitimate research purpose, but you want to avoid copyright infringement in the process. Republishing someone else's work, even in abbreviated form, requires permission from the author or copyright owner. You must receive permission from the author(s) and include it with your submission before we can publish it in your dissertation or thesis.

For more detailed guidance on avoiding copyright infringement, please see our Copyright Guide. In addition, Dr. Kenneth D. Crews, a Professor at Indiana University's School of Law, has kindly given us permission to provide a PDF copy of his booklet Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities. It provides a detailed overview of copyright law that no new dissertation author should miss.
 
Optional Copyright Registration at Participating Institutions

If you live in the United States, registering for U.S. copyright can be a significant benefit for the protection of your work because of the availability of content on the open web via repositories and other avenues. For only $55, you can protect your dissertation or master’s theses and become immediately eligible for statutory damages and attorney fees. Registering for copyright allows for the claimant to receive statutory damages set out in Title 17, Section 504 of the U.S. Code, which range from $750 – $150,000 plus attorney fees per copyright infraction. This contrasts with those who do not register for copyright – authors without copyright registration can claim only actual damages and no attorney fees.

At ProQuest, we make copyright registration easy—by submitting your application to the United States Copyright on your behalf and providing you with the certificate from the Library of Congress. Once your dissertation is published, a permanent link to your citation is created for your curriculum vitae and to refer scholars to your work.

Registering with the U.S. Office of Copyright establishes your claim to the copyright for your dissertation (which you already own) and provides certain protections if your copyright is violated. If you wish, ProQuest Dissertation Publishing will act on your behalf as your agent with the United States Copyright Office and apply for copyright registration as part of the publishing process. We will prepare an application in your name, submit your application fee, deposit the required copy or copies of the manuscript, and mail you the completed certificate of registration from the Library of Congress.
 
Embargo Options

ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Dissemination program offers a number of mechanisms that can help address concerns about prior publication and its potential to impact future publishing opportunities. The following statement explains in detail how we assist author’s with prior publication concerns.

Who can submit their dissertation?

ProQuest welcomes graduate (post-graduate) works from all countries. As long as your work is a Master's Theses or PhD Dissertation / Thesis, ProQuest is able to accept the work. In the United States, ProQuest's policy is to accept master's theses and dissertations from all institutions which have been accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies (Middle States Association, New England Association, North Central Association, Northwest Association, Southern Association and Western Association) for inclusion in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. Regional accreditation means that the accredited institutions are eligible for membership in the Council of Graduate Schools, which is the standard by which the United States higher education community judges itself. Master's theses and dissertations from independent medical and law schools accredited by the AMA and ABA are also accepted. Learn more.

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2017-2018 Agreement Forms (United States)

2017-2018 ProQuest Dissertation Paper Submission Agreement
2017-2018 FTP/CD ProQuest Dissertation Submission Agreement

2017-2018 Agreement Forms (Outside United States and Canada)

2017-2018 AFTA ProQuest Dissertation Submission Agreement

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Contacting ProQuest Dissertation Dissemination

If you have any questions that are not answered here or elsewhere on the ProQuest website, you can contact our Author and School Relations team directly at 1-800-521-0600 ext. 77020 or via email at disspub@proquest.com.

 

   

Eva Lantsoght
Assistant Professor, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Depending on your institution's guidelines, you will either finish your PhD by having a number of papers accepted for publication, or by writing a "big book"-style thesis.

This post is entirely aimed at those of us who spend months on end delivering a thesis of several hundreds of pages. We might be overly proud of having our baby finally sent out into the world, but then it will dawn upon us: the majority of researchers would prefer to read a 10-page paper about a more specific part of this research than plow through our 400 pages of labor. The only one who would ever want to read through it all and spend an entire week making sense of your thesis is a fellow PhD student….

And thus, for most of us "big book"-thesis-writing-and-publishing folks, we'll need to revisit all our material again after publication of the thesis, and turn it into a number of journal papers.

If you are lucky enough to get into a post-doc position that is fully research-oriented, you have all the time (or at least, you might think you have) to write your papers. If you venture out into the industry, you'll have to do it in your evenings and weekends.

Regardless of the time constraints, it's still extremely valuable to take the step of turning your dissertation into journal papers. Two years past my thesis defense, I'm reaching the end of this process (with a number of papers published, a number in review and a few more to write). Below are some of my observations on the process.

1. Plan for it

After you graduate, life is going to take over. You might be changing jobs, moving to a different place/city/country, and these papers might start to slip to the back of your mind. Take some time while your dissertation is still freshly printed, and ask yourself the following questions:

- Which chapters or subchapters would serve as a good journal paper?

- Which journal should I submit my work to?

- How much time do I think I need for writing this paper?

Then, start planning paper by paper. I’m keeping an overview in a Google docs spreadsheet with the papers, the journals I want to submit to, and the tentative self-imposed deadlines. My goal is to produce six new drafts per year, but some months are entirely filled with dealing with reviewers’ comments, delivering research reports with new work, or teaching duties. I typically give my co-authors (maximum) a month to send their feedback. The feedback is usually limited, so I might need just a morning to make a few changes, and then submit. I plan to start writing the next paper (or replying to reviewers’ comments and reworking the manuscript) whenever the draft of the previous one is done, so that I create a constant stream of writing, revising, sending to co-authors and submitting.

2. Enlist some good co-authors

Now that you have -hopefully- worked well with your thesis committee members, and implemented their advice to deliver the final draft of your dissertation, is there any part of your research that particularly benefited from their input? If you are planning to write a paper on this topic, consider inviting this committee member to be a co-author.

Writing with authors other than your supervisor will improve your writing, and is typically well-received in most fields. Publishing with different authors shows that you can work across research groups and universities and that you are ready to reach out into the world.

3. Remember that not all papers are born equal

Some papers will roll out from your dissertation in just a few writing sessions. For other papers you'll be sweating and sighing as you try to force a piece of research into a stand-alone narrative. Don't get mad at yourself or your work - just accept this fact as it is. And if the frustration becomes too much, head to the gym, grab some chocolate or do whatever typically relieves your stress.

Have you published several papers from the work in your dissertation? How did you organize this, and what advice would you like to share with me?

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