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Find additional details for submission in the PDF Ref, Step 4: Submit Your Manuscript for Format Review and Publishing.

Find the University Libraries’ TigerPrints ETD submission portal page

The Graduate School uses the TigerPrints ETD portal, hosted by Digital Commons and powered by bepress™, for the format review process as well as for electronic publishing and archiving of your work. Ultimately, your work will be available through the University’s TigerPrints repository. Please do not send your manuscript file directly to the Graduate School’s manuscript reviewer.

When you have defended and finalized your thesis or dissertation manuscript and are ready for review, use the following link to get to to the Clemson Libraries’ TigerPrints ETD upload portal:

Submission Link:

Once you’re there, look for the buttons that read “Submit Your Thesis” and “Submit Your Dissertation.” While the two academic manuscript terms are used interchangeably at many institutions, Clemson University prefers the term THESIS for master’s/specialists’ manuscripts, and DISSERTATION for doctoral manuscripts.

You can find out more about bepress™ and Digital Commons on their web pages.

Before you submit your file:

  • IT’S FREE: There are no fees required to upload, publish, and archive your thesis or dissertation.

  • SUBMISSION AND REVIEW PROCESS: The entire process is completed through the Libraries’ TigerPrints ETD web portal. While the Graduate School’s Manuscript Review staff can do an informal review of your manuscript draft and offer feedback before you formally submit it — even prior to your defense if you wish — we request that you not send your completed paper directly to the Review office. The upload portal keeps track of manuscript files and communication between you and the Reviewer. Once you’ve uploaded your PDF file following the steps below, and clicked “SUBMIT,” the Review staff receives an automated email that tells us your ETD is ready for review. We review through the same portal, and will notify you via email of your ETD’s official acceptance, or of any revisions that may be required.

  • PRINTED/BOUND COPIES: Some programs still require that you order a printed, bound copy of your ETD for the departmental archive. Please check the list of these departments. A few specify a print vendor. Since you own the copyright to your electronically published work, you are free to select a print-on-demand service of your choosing to produce copies for yourself. Manuscript Review cannot assist you with bound copy orders.

You’ll find in the PDF Ref, Step 4: Submit Your Manuscript for Format Review and Publishing the following submission topics:

  • Considerations as you get started: Copyrights, embargoes (delays of publication), bound copies, and italics and special characters in Digital Commons metadata
  • Embargo: What it means and how to request one (see also Best Practices: ETD Embargoes)
  • The upload procedure
  • When and how to expect results
  • The Survey of Earned Doctorates (for doctoral candidates — Ph.D., Ed.D., D.N.P.)

Once you have set up your TigerPrints ETD account, you can go back in to view and make changes right up until your manuscript is approved.

When you click “SUBMIT,” TigerPrints automatically generates an email to the Manuscript Review administrators that your ETD is ready for review. Format review usually takes no more than one to two business days. Close to the submission and revision deadlines, review may take a bit longer, but we do everything we can to NOT keep you waiting.

Quick Summary: Embargoes

Here’s how to request an embargo (delay of publication). So that we are all in compliance with the Graduate School’s current embargo policy, please have your advisor/committee chair send an email to the Graduate School’s Director of Communications indicating the reason for the requested embargo as well as the length (a maximum of one year from the date of your graduation, which is renewable for a maximum of one additional year). The embargo request will be forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School for official approval and you will be notified of the results.

As you scroll through the fields in your submission account, you’ll find a checkbox to make the embargo request, followed by a dropdown list for selecting your embargo period — up to 1 year, per Graduate School Policy. Following your graduation, your ETD metadata will be entered into the TigerPrints catalog, but your PDF manuscript will not be available to read or download during the embargo period.

If you check the embargo box but do not specify an embargo length, an administrator will add an end date of one year from your submission date.

Also, you are encouraged to request (by emailing the Institutional Repository Coordinator) that your embargo be lifted before its expiration date if it’s no longer needed.

Embargoes are further detailed in the 3-page Best Practices: ETD Embargoes and info is included in the PDF Ref, Step 4: Submit Your Manuscript for Format Review and Publishing

The next step

Two possibilities here: you may need a few format revisions, or you may be approved without revisions. Either way, you’ll receive email feedback from Manuscript Review through the Digital Commons interface, including tips and how-tos if you need to REVISE. Once your manuscript is accepted, you’ll receive an email similar to what’s described on the FINISHED page, and you have completed the process.

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