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Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETD): Submitting your dissertation


Information you will need whn uploading to ProQuest:

  • Student ID number
  • Personal e-mail address - not affliated with FSU
  • Dissertation abstract text

Questions to answer when uploading to ProQuest:

  • Do you want your dissertation to be Open Access PLUS or Traditional Publishing?  The Open Access option requires a $95.00 fee.  There is no fee for the Traditional Publishing option.
  • Do you want major search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo) to find your work through ProQuest?  For more information, review ProQuest's Search Engines and Your Dissertation webpage.
  • Does your ETD require an embargo and/or other restrictions to access?  For more information, please review ProQuest's Embargos & Restrictions Guide (PDF).
  • Do you want your dissertation to be sold to third-party retailers?  If you choose the Traditional Publishing option, this requires a "yes" or "no" answer.  If you choose the Open Access PLUS option, this option is not available.
  • Which 1-3 ProQuest subject categories best describe your dissertation's content?  See ProQuest's Subject Categories (PDF) for a full list.
  • What are the names of your advisor and committee members?
  • Do you have any supplemental files (e.g. images, spreadsheets) to include with your manuscript submission?  This is optional.
  • Do you want ProQuest to register a copyright for your dissertation?  This is an optional service with a $55.00 fee.  For more information, please review ProQuest's Why Copyright? (PDF) and Kenneth D. Crews'  "Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities" (PDF).
  • Do you have any copyright forms to submit to ProQuest?  This is optional.
  • Do you want to order any copies of your bound dissertation from ProQuest?  This is optional. 


* When submitting your ETD to ProQuest, it is recommended that you provide a personal e-mail address (e.g. GMail, Yahoo) other than your FSU e-mail.  This way, ProQuest can contact you about your dissertation years later for various reasons, e.g. lifting an embargo, royalties.

* Make sure to have your FSU Student ID number for the ProQuest ETD submission.  Your submission can not be completed without this information.

* You'll need to copy and paste your abstract into the ETD submission.  You can either copy and paste the abstract text from the dissertation PDF or from a separate text file (e.g. .docx, .txt, or .rtf) on the flash drive with your dissertation.


After your ETD submission has been reviewed and accepted by the Lewis J. Ort Library, a copy of the document will be printed, bound, and then placed in Special Collections in the library.

If you want a print copy of your dissertation, you can order one through ProQuest.