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ETDs - Electronic Theses & Dissertations: Text version - ETD Submission

An ETD submission guide for ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University

ETD Submission - text version

This page descirbes you what you will see when you submit your thesis or dissertation. Make sure you have all of the information you will need before you begin submission. 

Step 1

Start at ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University. (

Step 2

Click on the "College, School or Department" link.

Step 3

Scroll through the list to find your department, then click on the Thesis or Dissertation link under that department. 

Example: I'm submitting my Public Management and Policy Dissertation, so I would scroll to Andrew Young School of Policy Studies > Department of Public Management and Policy > Public Management and Policy Dissertations.

Note: If you do not see a link for Theses or Dissertations in your department, contact

Step 4

On the bottom of the right side menu, under "Authors," click "Submit ETD."

Step 5

Log in using your CAMPUSID and password.  Or, if you'd like, you can create a new account with a different user ID and password. Then move on to Step 6.

Step 6

You'll see a "Submission Instructions/Submission Agreement" page. Be sure to read it all. Take particular note of the "Submission Agreement" section. You may want to print a copy to keep for your records since it outlines the rights you retain and the rights you grant to Georgia State University.   You can see a copy of the agreement by clicking here.

Check the box at the bottom of the page and click continue.

Step 7

You'll see a page with several required fields where you'll need to enter information:

Dissertation/Thesis Title - DO NOT USE ALL CAPS, even if you are instructed to use all caps in the document itself! Please enter the title in headline style - meaning capitalize the first letter of the first word and the first letter of each following word in the title EXCEPT prepositions, conjunctions, articles, and the second word in hyphenated words.

Author - This is pre-populated with the information you entered when you created your account. Make sure it is in MLA style - meaning capitalize the first letter of each name/word. Do not use all Capital Letters. For example, John Q. Doe.

If you would like to continue to receive monthly download counts for your thesis or dissertation after you graduate, you should enter a persistent, non-GSU email in the Author Email field.

If you need to edit your author information, click the  button.

Date of Award - Please use your Commencement (Graduation) date (NOT a defense or submission date) and do NOT add a season.

Embargo Period - Please discuss your embargo decision with your college and your advisor.Different colleges have different policies.

Access Confirmation - confirm that you made the intended Embargo selection in the previous step,

Degree Type / Degree Name / Department - Please make the appropriate selections from the drop-down menus. 

Advisors- The First Advisor is the Chair of your committee. List the other committee members as second - seventh advisors as applicable.

Abstract - Type or paste your abstract here.

Keywords - Add appropriate keywords or phrases separated by commas. Do NOT use all CAPS. 

Upload Full Text - Most of you will want to click "Upload file from your computer" radio button:

1.     You will see a "Choose File" button appear.

2.     Click it.

3.     Navigate to your file and click "Open"

4.     The system attaches your file.

Note: If you are submitting a thesis or dissertation with a linked Table of Contents, convert the file to pdf format and check the TOC links before uploading the file from your computer.  This will help eliminate any problems associated with automatic file conversion. Do not use the "Save as PDF" function in Word - your Table of Contents links will probably not work. Use Acrobat to convert the file.

Additional Files - this will not apply to most of you, but if your thesis/dissertation has related files you need to upload (and you have the rights to upload them) you must check this box in order to attach them.


Double Check all your entries and click "Submit."

Step 8

You will get a confirmation screen that shows what you have submitted and gives you the opportunity to revise if necessary by clicking the "Revise Submission Button." You will also get an email confirmation of submission.

Congratulations, you're done!

Step 9 - optional

You can click on "My Account" to see the status of your Thesis/Dissertation (you may log in at any time to see this). 

You can also "Log Out" on the "My Account" page.

You will get an email from the system when the administrator has approved your thesis or dissertation and it has been published in ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University.

Note: If you need to make revisions to your thesis or dissertation, please do so by using the "Revise Submission" option.  Log in, re-upload the revised version of your thesis or dissertation and it will replace the previous version.  Please do not submit multiple copies of your thesis or dissertation.

Once it's been approved and published you can see it by browsing to the same collection you submitted it to or by clicking on the "Theses and Dissertations" link from the ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University's homepage.