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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 Digital 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 for editing
  • Request editors to proofread, check formatting, check APA style and edit your dissertation.  (Editors for Students are aware of Saint Peter's guidelines for formatting.)
  • Pick up your signature form that you successfully defended your dissertation.
  • Submit final edited copy for review and approval by your program director.

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 Digital 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 two bound copies via ProQuest: one for their academic department and one for the O’Toole Library.
  2. Deliver single bound copy to the O’Toole Library for cataloging
       Saint Peter’s University
        O’Toole Library/ Attn: Cataloging
        99 Glenwood Ave.
        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: