Deadlines: By 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21, Winter 2014 doctoral candidates should complete the submission steps on the UMI 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.
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. In exceptional circumstances such as potential endangerment of research subjects or the dissertation author, for example, students may choose an embargo period in ProQuest, in consultation with their advisor and after receiving permission from the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education. If a dissertation includes copyrighted material beyond fair use, the author must obtain permission from the holder of the copyright.
All dissertations must follow the formatting and submission requirements stated in University-Wide Requirements for the Ph.D. Dissertation, available from the Dissertation Office on the first floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library.
Visit the Dissertation Office
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. Please contact Dissertation Office staff if you have any questions.
Regular office hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-noon/1:30-4:30pm, and Fridays, 10:30am-noon/1:30-4:30pm.
The University provides additional resources that may be helpful, such as a wiki for dissertation templates.
Topics to Consider
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 Unites States Copyright Office. N.B. If your dissertation uses previously copyrighted material beyond fair use, you must obtain written permission from the copyright holder to include the material in your dissertation.
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 decide whether or not to restrict access to their dissertation for a limited period of time. N.B. The option to choose an embargo period is not visible in the ETD Administrator. After you have received permission from the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education, staff in the Dissertation Office will enter the embargo period for you, and you will be able to view the Delayed Release date. If for any reason you need to restrict access to your dissertation after you graduate, please contact the Dissertation Office with your embargo request.