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Publishing Your Dissertation

This LibGuide will provide guidance on how to prepare and submit your dissertation for publication by ProQuest Dissertation Publishing.

Publishing Your Dissertation

Your dissertation is very special to you since it's a significant milestone in your professional and personal life. But it's more than that: it's also your contribution to the knowledge of humanity and to the accumulated research-based knowledge of your discipline.

The College, the Library, and the School of Education believe in disseminating our students' and our institution's intellectual work as broadly as possible.  We urge and encourage you to publish it in ProQuest's Open Access Dissertation Publishing service so as many people as possible may benefit from your original research.

The publication process begins by submitting all of the necessary information to ProQuest ETD Administrator. But please read this entire guide before starting the submission process.

ProQuest Dissertation Publishing has been publishing dissertations and theses since 1938. In that time, they have published over 2 million graduate works from graduate schools around the world. In addition to publishing them, they provide access to graduate works held at thousands of libraries around the world through the service now known as ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) and formerly known as Dissertation Abstracts.

The relationship between you and ProQuest Dissertation Publishing is that of author and publisher. Piedmont University Libraries will assist as a facilitator of the process. This LibGuide will provide you with the information you need to submit your manuscript to for publication.

Open Access Publishing

ProQuest's usage of the phrase open access means items are freely available for viewing or downloading by anyone with access to the internet. That is, dissertations and theses published as part of the Open Access Dissertation Publishing service from ProQuest will be freely available at no charge for viewing or downloading by anyone with access to the internet, indefinitely.

Because the School of Education and the College believe in disseminating your research in the broadest possible way, we urge you to participate in the ProQuest Open Access Dissertations project. The College will pay all fees associated with this service, which includes perpetual archiving.

This page provides move information about ProQuest's Open Access Publishing PLUS service and contains a link to an FAQ you may find helpful.

The Library & Your Dissertation

The Library serves as a gatekeeper in the dissertation submission process. We "press the button" for final submission of your dissertation to ProQuest for publication. The Library will also provide assistance as you navigate the publishing website.

However, the Library does not provide proofreading services either for formatting or content, and the Library is not responsible for errors in the formatting or content of your document. When you submit your document to the Library, we will check with the Director of the Doctoral Program to learn whether final approval has been given for publication. And we presume that your manuscript has reached its final form with regard to content and formatting.

Your main contact at the Library is the Dean of Libraries, Bob Glass. You can reach him by e-mail at