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Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs): Graduate Theses and Dissertations

About Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Doctoral Dissertations: Each doctoral candidate must prepare and present a dissertation that shows independent investigation and that is acceptable in form and content to the supervisory committee and to the Graduate School. The work must be of publishable quality and must be in a form suitable for publication, using the Graduate School’s format requirements. The student and supervisory committee are responsible for level of quality and scholarship. Graduate Council requires the Graduate School Editorial Office, as agents of the Dean of the Graduate School, to review theses and dissertations for acceptable format, and to make recommendations as needed. 
                                                                                                    - Requirements for Doctoral Degrees, from the 2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Master’s Theses: For master's degrees that require a thesis, each candidate must prepare and present a thesis that shows independent investigation. It must be acceptable, in form and content, to the supervisory committee and to the Graduate School. The work must be of publishable quality and must be in a form suitable for publication, guided by the Graduate School’s format requirements. The academic unit is responsible for quality and scholarship. The Graduate Council requires the Graduate School Editorial Office, as agents of the Dean of the Graduate School, to briefly review theses and dissertations for acceptable format, and to make recommendations as required. See the Graduate Catalog to determine which degrees require a thesis and which have non-thesis options.

Projects in Lieu of Thesis and Non-Thesis Master's Degrees: In 2009, the IR@UF began to host projects in lieu of thesis and non-thesis terminal projects. These projects fall outside the normal processing of the Graduate Editorial Office, and the Libraries work directly with the colleges to load these items. These projects often include non-traditional formatting and/or audio, video, or other types of content beyond text.

Additional Publishing Options

In addition to the freely available electronic version in the IR@UF, authors have additional publishing options for their thesis or dissertation. If you have any questions about your options, please contact Chelsea Johnston at cjohnston@ufl.edu.

BiblioLabs

In 2018, the Smathers Libraries and BiblioLabs began a program to offer retail print-on-demand options to authors of digital theses and dissertations, at no cost to the author. Books are available for sale from sellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble as hardcover (priced at $69) or paperback (priced at $49). Price is not affected by number of pages or the presence of color illustrations. Authors receive a 20% royalty rate after expenses. There is no cost for authors to join the program and authors retain the copyright to their work.

The first batch of titles went live in January 2019. As of November 2019, more than 425 unique titles are available on Amazon. Another round of invitations to participate will be sent to recent alumni in early 2020, with plans to expand the program later in the year.

ProQuest

ProQuest Traditional Publishing

The ProQuest® Traditional Publishing option makes your work available for sale through ProQuest’s Dissertations Express service and lists it in ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses subscription database. There is no cost to the author for participation. Authors receive 10% royalties on the net revenue of sales of their work, and royalties are paid when accrued earned royalties reach $25. Authors retain the copyright to their work. For more information, please review the full Traditional Publishing Agreement.

ProQuest Open Access Publishing PLUS

ProQuest Open Access Publishing PLUS adds to their Traditional Publishing service by providing public access to your work in PQDT Open, their online repository of open access graduate works. There is a one-time fee of $95 to participate. PQDT Open provides free access to the citation, abstract, and full text (including supplementary files) for graduate works for all institutional subscribers to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT). For more information, review the ProQuest Open Access Publishing PLUS product page.

Other Options

The Libraries do not endorse any binding service or publishing platform and recommend that you do your own research. Some options to consider include:

  • GradWorks Online (http://gradworksonline.com): a service that initially started at Brigham Young University (BYU) but is now open to everyone.
  • The HF Group (http://thesisondemand.com/): provides commercial binding for libraries as well as individualized service, also offers Thesis on Demand.
  • Glasstree (https://glasstree.com/): provides a flexible platform for independent academic publishing and can produce printed books in a variety of bindings and paper types.
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