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Dissertation Support: Dissertation Support

About the Digital Repository

The Saint Peter's University Digital Repository provides free and open access to scholarly and creative works, research, publications and reports by Saint Peter's University's faculty, students, staff and administrative units.

About ProQuest

UMI ProQuest has been a leading depository for theses and dissertations since 1938. Its ProQuest Digital Dissertations service has over two million entries from more than 1,000 graduate schools and universities. The depository grows annually at the rate of approximately 60,000 titles yearly.

Time to publish

Congratulations on finishing your coursework and defending your thesis or dissertation. We admire your academic achievement and contribution to the scholarly literature. Now it's time to make your scholarship accessible to researchers through publication.

In order to be eligible for graduation you must submit your thesis or dissertation for publication in both the ProQuest national repository and the Saint Peter's University Document Repository.  Before publishing your document, it may require additional review and preparation.  
The following preliminary steps are required prior to uploading your dissertation to ProQuest. Please contact your program director if you are unsure as to whether your dissertation is ready for upload.

  • Complete the edits required of your dissertation.
  • Submit the edits to your dissertation mentor for approval.
  • Forward final version of your dissertation to one of the two editing services listed below.
  • Request editors to proofread, check formatting, check APA style and edit your dissertation.
  • Pick up your signature form that you successfully defended your dissertation.
  • Submit final edited copy for review and approval by your program director.

    Approved Editing Services (Choose one)

Students may select any one of the 2 editing services listed below. Be sure to request editing services, citation editing, and APA formatting.

1.   Stephen Cicirelli, LLC – Editorial Services - (Basic Proofreading -     $25 base fee plus $10 per every 500 words)

Submit final dissertation to –

For questions, please contact Stephen Cicirelli directly at 646-397-2257 or

2.    Gabriella Oldham – Editing Services (Cost is hourly / $50 per hour)

Submit final dissertation to –

It may take the editors a week or two to return your edited dissertation to you. When you get it back, review their recommended edits. Note: You may want to discuss any of their edits /comments with your mentor before you accept them if you're not sure of their recommendations.  

When you are certain your document is approved and ready, follow these steps to complete the publication process.

  1. Go to and create an account.​
    Some items to have on hand:
    A PDF copy of your dissertation/thesis. This must be a single file. If your manuscript is in Word or RTF format, we can convert it into a PDF.
    Optional Supplementary files (images, data, etc.) that are an integral part of the​ dissertation/thesis, but not part of the full text.
    Advisor and other Committee Members' Names
    Subject Categories - 1 - 3 that best describe your dissertation/thesis' subject area. (Subject Category List)
  2. Choose your ProQuest publication type*​

a. Traditional Publishing (Free): your thesis will only be viewable to individual or institutional ProQuest subscribers
b. Open Access Publishing PLUS ($95.00): your thesis will be available freely to internet users via ProQuest databases
*By uploading your thesis to ProQuest we will automatically include it in the Saint Peter’s University Document Repository, an OpenAccess database, searchable via Google, that makes our scholarship available to researchers freely via the internet.  For this reason, most Saint Peter’s students choose “Traditional Publishing” from ProQuest.

  1. Purchase bound copies
    Doctoral students are required to purchase one bound copies via ProQuest for the School of Education.
  2. After you have ordered your bound copies of your dissertation, please email Dr. Anna Cicirelli a copy of your paid invoice so that she can inform Enrollment Services that you have now completed all requirements for the Ed.D. Program; and your diploma can be released once it arrives from the printer.
  3. Once received, mail a single bound dissertation to:

     Dr. Anna Cicirelli
    Saint Peter’s University

    Caulfield School of Education

    2641 Kennedy Boulevard

    Dinneen Hall, Suite 200

    Jersey City, NJ 07306


Thank you for contributing your scholarship to the library’s print and digital collections.  If for any reason you would like your dissertation or thesis excluded from the Saint Peter’s University Digital Repository please e-mail with your request.

A note about copyright:

Whether publishing to ProQuest or the Saint Peter’s University Digital Repository, please understand that you, the author, retain copyright to your work.  

Copyright privileges vest immediately upon creating your work, without the requirement of notice or registration. However, you should still include a copyright notice on your dissertation.  Typical copyright notices take this form:

Copyright 2018, Jane Student or © 2018, Jane Student.

The notice should appear in a conspicuous location, customarily just after the title page.

For more information on copyright, including avoiding copyright infringement in your dissertation or thesis, see this guide from ProQuest: