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Find the details for revision in Your Clemson Thesis & Dissertation: Guidelines, Tips & Tools, Step 5.

Once you’ve uploaded your manuscript PDF in ProQuest and clicked the Submit Dissertation/Thesis button, the Manuscript Review staff receives an automated message through ProQuest that your paper is ready for review. Usually within 1–2 business days after you submit, we’ll send you an email requesting formatting revisions to your digital manuscript, or indicated your ETD is approved with no revision needed. The review process may take a little longer as the graduation deadlines approach and we have many manuscripts to review.

Many Graduate School ETD manuscripts will require a minor revision or two — the appearance of your published, archived paper should be as polished and professional as your research. For many graduate students, writing a thesis or dissertation is the first occasion that calls for formatting a table of contents, multiple chapters, an appendix, and other complex elements. Don’t be discouraged if you’re asked for minor revisions to align with Clemson University’s Graduate School online publishing standards. If you’ve read through the Format instructions, made use of the samples and templates you’ll find linked at the Forms, Links, and Tools page and followed the final ETD checklist, you’ve probably avoided most of these common causes for revision requests, but each of these issues is covered in Step 5 in Your Clemson Thesis & Dissertation: Guidelines, Tips & Tools:

  • Page setup (page size = 8.5″ x 11″)
  • Page margins (1.25″ all around)
  • Capitalization of paper title (all caps) and wording/spacing of title page text
  • Missing or unevenly spaced title page rules and text
  • Incorrect page numbering placement (bottom center of page)
  • First visible page number (should be page ii, your abstract) and formatting of page numbers
  • Ellipses (rows of leading dots) in table of contents/lists of figures and tables (this is such a common format issue that the Graduate School created a PDF “cheat-sheet” for it!)
  • Missed “continued” headings on content pages
  • Body text page numbering doesn't start with “1”
  • Issues dealing with wide or oversized tables and illustrations
  • Missing appendices divider page if you have more than one appendix
  • Hyperlinks and URLs (black, no underline preferred)

Don't forget: Manuscript Review staff can help

If you receive revision instructions that are unclear, or if you have problems making requested revisions and can’t find help within your department, please contact the Manuscript Review Office staff via email at, by phone at (684) 656-5338, or stop by the office in E-106 Martin Hall. It’s perfectly legit to get hands-on help, and we understand deadline anxiety.

The next step

Once all revisions are approved, you will receive an acceptance email, and your work is done. Congratulations!

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