Although we encourage doctoral candidates to request draft reviews, taking advantage of this service is not required by the University.
A draft review is helpful but not comprehensive; we do not edit dissertations. Our goal is to be sure you are on the right track with the formatting and submission process. We want to help you understand the basic requirements so that you can check your final PDF yourself and graduate as planned. It is your responsibility to follow the requirements consistently in your final dissertation.
We are willing to review drafts during the first few weeks of each quarter. By the middle of the quarter we need to focus on final versions. Drafts are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wait until the last minute to request a draft review, we cannot guarantee that you will get your comments back very quickly. Our turn-around time for a draft review is usually within two weeks. The draft deadline is set at two and a half weeks before the deadline for the final submission of your dissertation. We do not review late drafts. Nor do we review multiple drafts.
The deadline for uploading your draft using the UMI ETD Administrator and requesting a draft review using the Ask the Dissertation Office form is Wednesday, October 30, at 4:30 p.m.
Please contact the Dissertation Office (phd.lib.uchicago.edu | 773-702-7404) if you have any questions. Our hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-noon/1:30-4:30pm, and Fridays, 10:30am-noon/1:30-4:30pm.
Format your dissertation using the relevant information in the University-Wide Requirements for the Ph.D. Dissertation. The draft review is not a substitute for your reading the requirements and applying them as best you can before you submit your draft.
You will be submitting your dissertation online using the UMI ETD Administrator, a web-based submission system. (Electronic versions of theses and dissertations are called ETDs.) Complete all of the steps below to create your ETD account.
Provide the basic information about your dissertation (title, abstract, advisor, subject categories, etc.) available to you at present. You can add or change information later. Please use the same name that you provide on the title page of your dissertation. Your name should appear as it does on official University records in the Office of the Registrar. Your title page will use upper case only, but your contact information should use both upper and lower case. If you change your title when you revise your PDF, you must remember to change your title in this section also. Please use headline style to enter your title. (Titles in the convocation program use headline style, so this helps ensure accuracy in the program. Your name should appear in both upper case and lower case as well.) Upload your dissertation draft as a PDF. Do not include notes for the administrator at this point. We look at the "Notes to Administrator" on the ETD site after you have submitted the final version of your dissertation.
Do not complete the UMI ETD Administrator Submission steps until you are ready to submit the final version of your dissertation.
Use the form to notify us that your draft has been uploaded on the ETD site and is ready to be reviewed. If you are uncertain about the formatting of any part of your dissertation, please call this to our attention using the form.
We will be in touch with you twice, using the email address you provided on the Ask the Dissertation Office form. First we will send a response to the notification you sent through the form. We usually respond within 24 hours; let us know right away if you do not receive this initial response. We will send comments on your draft within a week or two. You should keep an eye on your junk mail in case our messages are filtered out as spam. Please do not hesitate to contact the Dissertation Office if you do not hear from us or if you have any further questions.