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Instructions for Electronic Submission of your Thesis/Dissertation

Before You Begin

PDF Creation

Beginning Your Public ETD Record

Creating Your ETD Record

Uploading Your Documents

Embargo and Access Restrictions

Reviewing, Submitting, and Changing Your Record

Viewing Your Record After Graduation

ETD Submission Manual

If you would like a detailed, step-by-step manual of the submission process, please download the ETD Submission Manual.  Below are condensed instructions for submitting your ETD.


 You will create a publicly accessible record for your thesis or dissertation that will be accessible through Emory University’s Electronic Theses and Dissertations website. Your record’s information and formatting depend on how you input and format them.

As you complete your record, you may request to temporarily restrict access to your abstract, table of contents, and/or files, but the rest of your record will be accessible by the public.

Before You Begin

Submit all required paperwork to your school. Your school’s administrator or ADAP can answer questions about required paperwork.

Make sure you have the following:

PDF Creation:

 Use Adobe Acrobat Professional to convert your original file to a PDF. The program is available in Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (located on the 3rd floor of Woodruff Library), MediaLab, and in many department computer labs. 

Do not scan pages into your PDF. Your PDF should contain no signatures.

Check that your PDF has the following pages in the following order:

  1. Distribution agreement
  2. Approval sheet
  3. Abstract cover sheet
  4. Abstract
  5. Dissertation/thesis cover page
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Table of contents
  8. Body

Beginning Your Public ETD Record

Visit the Electronic Theses and Dissertations website, DO NOT USE INTERNET EXPLORER, as it is no longer a supported browser.  We recommend Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

  1. Enter your Emory NetID and Password at the top of the homepage and click Login.
  2. On the following screen, click the blue Submit your Thesis button at the top of the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
  3. Answer the questions about the content of your thesis and restricting access to your work.
  4. Enter the title of your thesis and click Begin.  

Creating Your ETD Record

Use the Submission Status menu on the right-hand side of the screen to navigate through and add information to your record.

Keep the following in mind as you supply your information: 

Uploading Your Documents 

You must upload two copies of your thesis or dissertation—once as a PDF and again in its original file format.   

The library collects your original file only for archival purposes. It will be neither visible on nor downloadable from the Electronic Theses and Dissertations website.  

The PDF file will be publicly accessible after any access restrictions expire. 

Embargo and Access Restrictions

To restrict access to your abstract or table of contents, answer yes to the access restriction question and indicate the sections to which you want to restrict access. 

If you elect to have ProQuest register your copyright, you must pay a fee. See the ProQuest submission materials for more information.

Reviewing, Submitting, and Changing Your Record

When your record is complete, a review & submit button appears at the bottom of the submission status menu. After clicking it, you can review and edit your record before final submission. After your changes are complete, click review & submit again.

After you review and edit your submission, click the Submit button at the bottom of the page. You will receive email confirmation that your record has been submitted and is awaiting approval by your school’s administrator or ADAP. You will also receive email confirmation after your school approves your record.  

If you need to change or edit your record after you have submitted it, you must seek approval from your school’s administrator or ADAP.  

If your school/program requests changes to your record, you will receive an email message stating that your record has been reverted to draft status. You can then replace files and edit your record. Once you have made the requested changes, click "review and submit" to re-submit your record for approval. Do not submit a new record.

You can check the status of your record through the My ETDs link on the site.

Viewing Your Record After Graduation

After the registrar processes your degree (generally 2-3 weeks after commencement), your record will be accessible through Emory’s Electronic Theses and Dissertations website. 

If you did not restrict access to your thesis or dissertation, the full text will be immediately available in PDF form. 

If you requested an access restriction, the sections to which you restrict access will be available after the restriction period ends.