Deadlines: By 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 20, Winter 2015 doctoral candidates should complete the submission steps on the ProQuest ETD Administrator for the University of Chicago. The University Registrar has additional deadlines, and each department may as well.
Doctoral dissertations are original contributions to scholarship. As a condition for receipt of the doctorate, all students are required to execute a publication agreement with ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing. If a dissertation includes copyrighted material beyond fair use, the author must obtain permission from the holder of the copyright.
The public sharing of original dissertation research is a principle to which the University is deeply committed, and dissertations should be made available to the scholarly community at the University of Chicago and elsewhere in a timely manner. If dissertation authors are concerned that making their research publicly available might endanger research subjects or themselves, jeopardize a pending patent, complicate publication of a revised dissertation, or otherwise be unadvisable, they may, in consultation with faculty in their field (and as appropriate, research collaborators), restrict access to their dissertation for a limited period of time.
All dissertations must follow the instructions provided in the University-Wide Requirements for the Ph.D. Dissertation, available from the Dissertation Office on the first floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library.
The University of Chicago Dissertation Office is located in Room 100B of the Joseph Regenstein Library. Directions to the University of Chicago, parking information, and transportation options are noted on the UChicagoMaps site. Dissertation Office staff welcome questions.
Regular office hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-noon/1:30-4:30 p.m., and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-noon/1:30-4:30 p.m.
The University provides a wiki for dissertation templates and additional resources that may be helpful. ProQuest provides responses to frequently asked questions, such as whether or not the author receives a royalty for sales.
Copyright Issues: Although doctoral candidates at the University of Chicago are required to grant ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing non-exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute their dissertations, authors hold the copyright for their own dissertations and retain the right to publish elsewhere. Authors may choose to register copyright or not, whether through ProQuest's UMI ETD Administrator or on their own through the United States Copyright Office. N.B. If a dissertation includes previously copyrighted material beyond fair use, the author must obtain written permission from the copyright holder.
Publication Decisions: Doctoral candidates at the University of Chicago are required to grant ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing non-exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute their dissertations. If publishing elsewhere, authors must retain the right to publish through ProQuest. Authors may choose either Traditional Publishing (recommended) or Open Access Publishing. Authors may choose whether or not ProQuest will allow Google Books to index their dissertations. (Selecting No to search engines is recommended if the future publication of the dissertation is a concern.) Authors may also choose to delay the release of their dissertation in ProQuest for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years. This decision should be made in consultation with faculty (and as appropriate, research collaborators). If for any reason an author needs to restrict access to a dissertation after graduation, the author should contact the Dissertation Office.