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Find the details for submission in Your Clemson Thesis or Dissertation: Guidelines, Tips & Tools, Step 4.

Before you submit your file:

  • FEES: There are no longer any fees required to upload, publish, and archive your thesis or dissertation. Fees apply only to ordering printed, bound copies.

  • SUBMISSION AND REVIEW PROCESS: The entire process is completed through the web portal of the Graduate School's electronic publishing partner, ProQuest (formerly known as ProQuest/UMI). 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, or prior to your defense if you wish, it's not necessary to send your completed paper directly to the Review office. 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 require that you order a printed, bound copy of your ETD for the departmental archive. Those departments are listed here. It's easiest to place your order BEFORE you click "submit." The procedure for ordering bound print copies of your ETD – either before your submission has been accepted for publication or at any point after acceptance – is outlined in this Ordering Bound Copies info sheet. Please note that if you have requested an embargo (delay of publication), no bound copies will be produced or delivered until after your embargo expires.

PQ-submissionDownload this PDF of the entire ProQuest upload process, screen by screen, with notes about some of the important considerations at each step mentioned below. This process is also included as Appendix C in Guidelines, Tips & Tools.

You'll also find in Step 4 of the guidebook the following submission topics:
• Considerations as you get started: Copyright, publication options, embargoes (delays of publication), bound copies, royalties, and italics and special characters in ProQuest metadata
The uploading procedure
• Waiting for your results
• The Survey of Earned Doctorates
(for PhD candidates)

Once you’re ready to create your upload account and submit your manuscript for format review, please CLICK HERE to complete a quick 3-question survey that the Graduate School uses to gather information about graduates’ exit plans. The survey then takes you to the ProQuest ETD portal.

After this first visit to ProQuest, you can go directly to the ProQuest ETD portal at

After you click “SUBMIT,” ProQuest 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 deadline, 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 embargo policy, please have your advisor/committee chair send an email to Jill Bunch in the Grad School office, 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.
    When you create your ProQuest submission account, you’ll find fields for entering your embargo period and reason when you reach the ProQuest publishing options step — this ensures that we don’t release your dissertation prematurely.
    Also, you are encouraged to request (by emailing the Manuscript Office) that your embargo be lifted before its expiration date if it’s no longer needed.

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 feedback via email through the ProQuest 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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