Submitting your Thesis or Dissertation
Using the ETD Home Page
Use this online HELP FORM for problems with the electronic submission process and the ETD website.
- For any other questions about using the ETD submission system, also try our INSTRUCTIONS page.
- For general questions about submitting your thesis or dissertation, contact your school or program.
- For problems creating a PDF, consult the technology support staff in Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (located on the 3rd floor of Woodruff Library), MediaLab, Student Technology Support (located on the 1st floor of Woodruff Library), or your department.
The PDF and other files you upload to the ETD site must be identical to those submitted to your school or program for approval. Your school administrator or ADAP must approve your requests to alter your files.
If your school/program requests changes to your record, you will receive an email message stating that your record has been reverted to draft status. You can then replace files and edit your original submission record. Once you have made the requested changes, click "review and submit" to re-submit your record for approval. Do not create a new record. Contact ETD staff for HELP if necessary.
Yes, but you must submit sound, video, and animation files separately. Do not embed them in your PDF document. You may include images and illustrations in your PDF.
If your use of copyrighted material exceeds what US copyright law covers as “Fair Use," you must get permission from the rights holder to use that material. For more information on copyright and your thesis or dissertation please see the Frequently Asked Copyright Questions document.
Also refer to the library's Scholarly Communications Office website for more information.
Emory University submits dissertations to the ProQuest/UMI Dissertations and Theses Database. The terms of that submission are explained in the ETD submission forms, and the access restrictions you choose in Emory's ETD system will be mirrored in the ProQuest database.
If you restrict access to your abstract, notify ProQuest soon after graduation to request that your abstract not be included in Dissertations Abstracts. You must contact ProQuest directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your name, your dissertation’s title, your school (Emory University), and, if possible, the publication number. If you need to speak with someone at ProQuest, call 1-800-521-0600, ext. 2.
Your school and program set your ETD submission deadline. If you are unable to meet it, you must contact your school administrator or ADAP for permission to submit your work late.
Your committee will sign a paper document that you will submit to the appropriate administrative contact in your school or program.
What if my advisor or I will apply for a patent based on the research in my thesis or dissertation research?
If your document contains inventions or discoveries with commercial application that warrant patenting, consult with the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) before submitting your thesis or dissertation. You can contact OTT at (404) 727-2211.
In some cases, you need permission from rights holders to use materials that are not your original work. Getting permission is time-consuming. Start the process well before publication. For more information on copyright and your thesis or dissertation please see the Frequently Asked Copyright Questions. If you have additional questions, please contact Emory Libraries' Scholarly Communications Office at email@example.com.
We recommend you create your PDF using Adobe Acrobat Professional. You can easily "save as pdf" if your original document is created in Microsoft Word. If you are having any trouble converting your manuscript to pdf the Adobe Acrobat Professional program is available in Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (located on the 3rd floor of Woodruff Library), MediaLab, Student Technology Support (located on the 1st floor of Woodruff Library), and possibly in your department. You may also purchase a copy of the software through Emory University.
Consult the technology support staff in Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (located on the 3rd floor of Woodruff Library), MediaLab, or Student Technology Support (located on the 1st floor of Woodruff Library), or your department.
We recommend Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.
Authors interested in having bound copies of their thesis or dissertation produced for themselves, their committee members, or their department/program libraries can consult the vendors below.
Although we have examined the work of the vendors listed on this page, we cannot endorse any particular entity. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. We encourage authors to explore a variety of vendors in order to obtain copies of their theses and dissertations at a price and quality that meets their satisfaction.
If you do not embargo your thesis or dissertation for a time, your PDF will be available on the web in its entirety. It will be accessible through the ETD website and through internet search engines. Your document will also have a permanent URL associated with it that you can share with others.
Yes, you can embargo your work, which restricts public access for a specified period of time. For additional information, please see our Access Restrictions page.
The ETD repository provides convenient access to important products of the university – master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and undergraduate honors theses. The repository offers web-based access to these documents, increasing the visibility of our scholars and fulfilling our mission to contribute to academic scholarship.
No. You will likely complete the submission process in less than 30 minutes.
The Library no longer collects bound copies of theses and dissertations.