Publish an Electronic Version of Your Dissertation


Publishing your electronic dissertation involves depositing an electronic copy of your work with someone who can make it accessible to the public. The number of outlets through which you can publish your work changes through time. Individual universities may also have specific requirements for publication.  They also vary in such features as cost, accessibility, and implications for future publication possibilities of the same material.

Doctoral students at The University of Texas are required to submit the dissertation (publishing requirement) in PDF format to the Texas Digital Library, then turn in their other required documents to the Graduate School (see the forms required and links on the online student forms page). When uploading your dissertation to the Texas Digital Library submission site, you may choose to have a copy of your approved dissertation sent to UMI for supplemental publication, preparation of bound copies, and registration of copyright.

Requests to Delay Publication. A student may request permission from the Graduate Dean to delay making the dissertation available to the public through the Texas Digital Libraries for up to two years in order to protect patent or other rights. The embargo request may be subject to the policies of funding agency(ies) that supported the research and must be approved by the faculty supervisor and Graudate Dean. This request must be supported by a written recommendation from your dissertation supervisor stating the reason and timeframe for the requested embargo, and must be submitted and approved prior to your graduation. If no petition is made to the Dean, your dissertation will be searchable on the web and available for free from UT.

Publication/Processing Fees. All publication and processing fees are billed through The University of Texas and may be paid in person in the Cashier's Office (Main Building 8) or paid online through UT Direct, What I Owe. All doctoral degree candidates submitting a dissertation are charged an $8 dissertation processing fee. Students are provided with open access publication through Texas Digital Library free of charge. When optional UMI services are selected, the associated fees will be billed through UT Austin: UMI Traditional Publishing - $25; UMI Open Access Publishing - $120; UMI Registration of Copyright, $55.


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