Submitting Your Thesis/Dissertation Electronically
Before you submit your thesis or dissertation make sure you have decided upon the following information:
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6 to 8 key terms to be used as search terms within ProQuest.
Have your abstract available.
Considerations that may be deemed reasonable for granting permission for a temporary embargo include:
- Patentable rights in the work or other issues in which disclosure may be detrimental to the rights or interests of the author.
- The need to prevent disclosure of government information about persons, institutions, technologies, etc.
- The interest of an academic or commercial press in acquiring the rights to publish your dissertation or thesis as a book.
- Content that is likely to be or has already been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.
- Approval for delay granted by Restricted Research Committee (see Restricted Research link below for more information).
Steps for acquiring approval to embargo a thesis or dissertation:
- Discuss the need for an embargo with your advisor or dissertation committee chair
- Complete the Thesis and Dissertation Release Form
- Get approval signature from the Director of Graduate Studies in your department on the Thesis and Dissertation Release Form
- Turn the Thesis and Dissertation Release Form in to your school office
Embargoing at KU requires 2 steps:
Embargo is the term used to describe a delayed release or delayed availability of scholarly work.Reasons for embargoing work may include patents pending, sensitive data or pending publication.
If an embargo has been approved, scholars must take both of the following steps:
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Sign the KU ScholarWorks release form and select the length of embargo.
The director of graduate studies for your department must approve the embargo sign the release form.
When submitting your dissertation or thesis electronically under publishing restrictions, select delayed release and the appropriate length of time.
If both of these steps are not taken, scholarly work will be made publically available, even searchable though internet sites such as Google.
Download the printable pdf diagram of Embargoing
Thesis and Dissertation Binding Instructions
Personal and Departmental Copies
Departments or advisors may require a printed copy and students often desire printed copies. While you can order bound copies of your work through UMI. Additional printing and/or binding services are provided by the firms listed below.
How It Works
Directly submit your PDF or a paper copy of your thesis or dissrtation to a binder listed below. Be sure to read their instructions and submit information as requested. If you submit an electronic thesis or dissertation, the binder will print it on acid free paper and bind and stamp it to your specifications. Finished bound volumes will be mailed directly to you. You may pay by credit card or arrange in advance to pay by check or money order.
Commercial Binders Offering Thesis and Dissertation Services
The KU Libraries recommend the following binders that can bind paper copies of your thesis or dissertation and additionally offer print-from-electronic file services.
These binders follow the ANSI/NISO Library Binding standard, ensuring volumes that are sturdy, durable and flexible. Information about the Library Binding standard and additional companies that follow the ANSI/NISO standard and that may suit your bookbinding needs are listed at the Library Binding Institute.
Note: Dykes Library sends all materials to be bound to Houchen Bindery in Utica, Nebraska. The truck comes every other Tuesday and the binding process takes two weeks. For more information go to KUMC Library.