ProQuest Unveils New Electronic Dissertation Submission Program

Jan 10, 2003

ProQuest Company's Information and Learning unit, in conjunction with The Berkeley Electronic Press, has developed a Web-based application for the submission, review, and approval of electronic theses and dissertations. The application, which will be made available to graduate schools, is expected to improve and speed the dissertation publishing process for graduate students, faculty, and graduate schools. Through its UMI Dissertation Publishing program, ProQuest publishes more than 55,000 dissertations and master's theses each year and offers full text copies of more than one million dissertations dating from the 19th century forward. Some 3,000 (or 5%) of dissertations submitted for publication in 2002 were in electronic format, and that number is expected to increase significantly in the next few years. The new system allows a graduate student to upload his or her approved dissertation into the publishing system, where it is automatically reformatted into Adobe PDF and sent directly to the graduate school. There, the document is reviewed for compliance with graduate school policy and format. Using an administrative tool, the graduate school reviewer can accept the document or request formatting revisions. The author is automatically notified by email of the actions taken. Once the thesis is accepted, the document and all relevant data are delivered to UMI Dissertation Publishing and to the university library for expedited processing, cataloguing, and posting.  The new automated system is expected to substantially improve the publication process. The backend technology to support the new process was developed by The Berkeley Electronic Press. The service is available now and is being rolled out to graduate schools throughout the next year. Graduate schools interested in signing up may contact ProQuest at  UMI continues to accept dissertations for publication in print format.

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