Draft Reviews

The Draft Review Service (optional but encouraged)


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 review drafts during the first few weeks of each quarter. The deadline for requesting a draft review is six and a half weeks before the end of the quarter. Requests are due on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. We are happy to respond to your questions at any time, but we do not review late drafts and we do not review more than one version of a draft. The turn-around time for a draft review is usually within two weeks. We review drafts in the order that reviews are requested via the Ask the Dissertation Office form per Step 6 below.


Follow these steps to ask us to review a draft of your dissertation.

  1. Format your dissertation draft according to the University-Wide Requirements for the Ph.D. Dissertation.
  2. Create an account on the ETD Administrator, and complete the Contact information section under Publishing information. Enter the form of your name found in your official University records. The Institutional Student ID is your 8-digit University of Chicago Student ID.
  3. Begin the About my dissertation/thesis step to enter details (title, department, etc.) in the Dissertation/Thesis details section. Use headline style to enter your title.
  4. Upload your draft as a PDF in the PDF section. (You can upload a revised PDF later. You will not need to create a new submission.)
  5. Do not click on Submit when you upload a draft. If you click on Submit, completing the Submission steps, your material will be processed as a final version rather than a draft.
  6. Contact us via the Ask the Dissertation Office form. We will use the email address you provide on the form to get back to you.
  7. We will respond shortly after we receive your draft review request, usually within 24 hours. Let us know right away if you do not receive our initial response acknowledging your request.
  8. 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.