ETD Submission Process
ETD Administrator, Gelman Library
firstname.lastname@example.org / (202) 994-2041
Before you Submit ……
Review the information on publishing options (Open Access vs. Traditional)
and copyright information BEFORE you submit!
Open Access vs. Traditional Publishing: (ProQuest Resources)
Publishing Options: http://www.etdadmin.com/UMI_PublishingOptionsGuide.pdf
Embargos and Restrictions:
Intellectual Property and Copyright (ProQuest Resources)
Copyright Law and Graduate Research:
Protecting Your Intellectual Property:
Review the approved and final version of your
document to ensure it meets the University’s
and your graduate school’s formatting guidelines
before you convert it to a .pdf and upload your
ETD Style Guide
Create an account on the ProQuest ETD website, http://www.etdadmin.com.
(Hint: The link for GWU is under “The” George Washington University.)
If you create one or more accounts, please withdraw all submissions that will not be submitted for actual review.
About You: You will receive emails (from ProQuest) at various stages in the submission process.
Use an email address you check on a regular basis and can handle .pdf documents.
Add proquest.com to your address book to avoid these emails going to your spam box.
Complete the ETD Details pages
Upload your manuscript as a .pdf.
The main manuscript must be submitted as a single .pdf file. You may also upload supplementary files as needed.
You may use the PDF converter in your Word Processor, Adobe Acrobat or the .pdf converter provided on the ETD Submission
If a single file or the main document + supplementary files combined is greater than 250MB, please contact the Library ETD
Administrator for instructions on how to proceed. Depending on the circumstances, all or part of your submission will have to be
submitted on CD Rom or DVD.
Hand in your completed ETD Approval Form to your graduate school office:
Submission is reviewed to ensure it conforms to the
University and/or school specific formatting guidelines.
If revisions are required, you will receive an email detailing the
Make the corrections and upload your revisions.
You will need to make the corrections to your word document,
embed the fonts when you save it, and then convert it to a .pdf to
upload your revision to your ETD account.
You must click on the Save and Continue buttons until you see a
You then MUST click on the final Submit button to automatically
notify the ETD/School Administrator that your revisions have been
Once your submission meets the formatting requirements, it will be locked
and forwarded to your ETD School Administrator for final approval.
Your School Administrator must have the following information in hand to
complete the final review process:
Completed ETD Approval Form: (http://www.gwu.edu/~etds/2pgetdfinal.doc)
For Doctoral Candidates only: a confirmation email certifying the Survey of Earned
Doctorates has been completed.
Surveys may be completed online by going to the above URL. Forward the
confirmation email you received upon completion of the Survey to your School
Administrator to verify you have completed the survey, OR
You may complete a paper survey to be turned in to your School Administrator
Both Master’s and Doctoral Candidates are asked to complete the
Graduate Student Survey (http://www.gwu.edu/oapa/graduation/ ) online.
When your submission has been accepted, you will
receive an email from ProQuest indicating that you met
all the requirements for graduation.
Please allow 6-8 weeks for ProQuest to process and
publish your manuscript once it has been delivered.
Submission with very large files will take longer to
process and publish.
Monitoring the Process
Links located on the left-hand column of the ETD Details
page allows you to track the progress of your
View Decisions: this is a record of communication from the ETD
Administrators, including emails detailing the revisions requested
by the ETD/School Administrator.
View Revision History: this displays all of the different versions
of your submission uploaded to the system. The most current
version should always be checked.
View History: Follows the progression of decisions/changes
made for your submission.
Monitoring Your Progress
ETD Status box: (upper right-hand corner of the Details page)
Administrator Status Explanation
Assign Submitted ETD has been submitted, but no action has
Contact Email Group, GWU Waiting for Revisions (Minor)* ETD has been reviewed and minor changes have
Your School Administrator Ready for Checklist ETD conforms to formatting standards and has been
assigned to your graduate school administrator.
Your School Administrator Register Decision: Accepted* ETD has passed final review, you have met all the
graduation requirements, and your manuscript
is ready to be delivered to ProQuest.
Your School Administrator Scheduled for Delivery Your submission has been scheduled for delivery to
Your School Administrator Delivered* Your manuscript has been delivered to ProQuest.
Please allow 6-8 weeks for your submission to be
processed and published.
* The ETD website will automatically generate an email at these points in the process.
Once delivered to ProQuest, your thesis/dissertation will be published by ProQuest in
approximately 6-8 weeks. Submissions that have very large files will take longer.
Electronic copies of theses/dissertations are sent to Gelman Library’s Institutional
Repository as they are published.
Catalog records on the ETD Details page are created and uploaded into the ALADIN
Catalog on a monthly basis.
The full text will be available through the ALADIN Catalog or the ProQuest database,
Dissertations and Theses Online unless you have requested an embargo.
In the case of an embargoed dissertation/thesis, bibliographic information including
the abstract you supplied on the ETD Details page will be available in the both
Catalog and the ProQuest database.
If you choose to allow search engines to discover your work, only the citation
information will be displayed.