Submitting Your Thesis or Dissertation Electronically
The University of Kansas requires that all students whose degree programs require defense of a thesis or dissertation must publish their research in order to fulfill degree requirements. The publication requirement is satisfied by submitting the Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) to UMI/ProQuest. You may review the policies governing master's theses and doctoral dissertations for more information.
Your thesis or dissertation should meet all of the formatting requirements laid out in KU's ETD Formatting Guidelines. Please note:The final document you submit electronically must contain only your thesis or dissertation and the scholarly apparatus as described in these formatting guidelines. It must not include any prior publications or other scholarly or creative works.
Before you submit your thesis or dissertation, make sure you have gathered the following:
- The Subject Category or Categories under which your research falls -- Click to view ProQuest's list of Subject Categories
- Between 6 and 8 keywords to be used as search terms within ProQuest
- Your abstract
- Any documentation of copyright permissions you have been granted, if necessary
- Your credit card, if you would like ProQuest to file your copyright on your behalf (optional)
- Your signed ETD Release Form, to ensure your embargoes match
The following materials may also be helpful as you prepare your final submission:
- KU ScholarWorks -- You can check here to see whether your work has been posted
- Fall 2014 ETD Workshop Video
- Spring 2016 ETD Submission Workshop Slideshow
...but please also continue reading!
Thesis and Dissertation Binding Instructions
Personal and Departmental Copies
Departments or advisors may require submission of a printed copy of every thesis and dissertation. Often, students also desire printed copies to keep or share with loved ones. You can order bound copies of your work through UMI as part of the electronic submission process, but you do not have to order through UMI and use their binding service. Additional printing and/or binding services are offered by the firms listed below.
How It Works
Directly submit your PDF or a paper copy of your thesis or dissertation to a binding service. Be sure to read their instructions and submit information as requested. If you submit an electronic thesis or dissertation, the binder will print it on acid free paper and bind and stamp it to your specifications. Finished, bound volumes will be mailed directly to you. You may pay by credit card or arrange in advance to pay by check or money order.
Commercial Binders Offering Thesis and Dissertation Services
The KU Libraries recommend the following binders that can bind hard-cover or soft-cover copies of your thesis or dissertation and additionally offer print-from-electronic file services. These binders follow the ANSI/NISO Library Binding standard, ensuring volumes that are sturdy, durable and flexible. You can find more information about the Library Binding Standard and a list of compliant companies that may suit your bookbinding needs at the Library Binding Institute.
- Heckman Bindery, Inc. (Email Heckman Bindery in advance if you prefer check or money order payment.)
- Acme Bookbinding
- GradWorks Online
In addition to these binders, KU's own Jayhawk Ink can bind a soft-cover copy of your thesis or dissertation.
Note: KUMC Library binding information can be found on their website here: http://library.kumc.edu/how-to/binding-instructions.xml.