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ETDs - Electronic Theses & Dissertations: ETD Policies

An ETD submission guide for ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University

ETD Policies for ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University

Who Can Submit

ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University only publishes research conducted under the auspices of Georgia State University. For additional information, please contact ScholarWorks @ GSU administrator at

Author Review

Authors will not have an opportunity to approve papers they have submitted prior to them becoming publicly available on the site; therefore, please be sure that the paper is ready for public distribution when submitted.

Rights and Permissions

Before submitting a paper to the repository, please be sure that all necessary copyright permissions for any other author’s content have been obtained. This is especially important for licensed test instruments and for images that you did not create.

If your thesis or dissertation contains articles that you already published, make sure that you retained the right to include them in your dissertation. Many publishers grant this right automatically, but it is advisable to read the publication agreement for an article before your sign it to make sure you have the rights you need.  If you have questions about rights to your previously published articles, can help.

You retain the copyright to your paper and grant Georgia State University the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere.  If you'd like, you can also register your thesis or dissertation with the U.S. Copyright Office here:

Removal from Public View

Once a thesis or dissertation has received final approval by the degree-granting academic department and been published by ScholarWorks @ GSU, that work may only be removed from public view with the approval of the college. Please contact the ETD administrator for your college to discuss needed approvals for closed or embargoed theses or dissertations. A citation to the original version of the paper will always remain on the site. 

University Policy on Electronic Theses and Dissertations

In order to ensure that all master´s theses and doctoral dissertations produced at Georgia State University are captured, preserved, and appropriately made available, the University requires all students who produce a master´s thesis or doctoral dissertation in fulfillment of his/her degree to upload the final version of these documents to ScholarWorks@Georgia State University as a condition of the award of the degree. Programs requiring extra time to submit master´s theses or doctoral dissertations will have no more than five years to meet the submission requirement.

ETD Policy in University Policy Library