Submission Guidelines for Masters Theses and Doctoral DissertationsIt is important that you plan to defend and submit your thesis or dissertation in the approved and accepted format to the Graduate School according to the dates published in the Graduate School Academic Calendar. Read Thesis and Dissertation Standards for information about preparing and formatting your manuscript. Defending and/or submitting your thesis or dissertation after the deadline date may result in you not graduating in the semester you planned, additional expense to register for a subsequent semester, and your degree to not be conferred.
Before submitting a thesis or dissertation to UTC Scholar, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared. You retain the copyright to your paper and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere.
More information about preparing and defending your thesis or dissertation is available from the Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation page.
- When should I submit?
- What do I need know when I am ready to submit?
- What are my intellectual property rights?
- What am I agreeing to when I submit?
- How do I choose a Creative Commons License?
- How do I request an embargo?
- How do I submit?
- What happens after I submit?
- How do I make revisions?
- How do I acquire a bound copy?
The title of your thesis or dissertation.
The abstract of your thesis or dissertation
Your UTC academic department, e.g. Dept. of Psychology.
Your UTC collection e.g. Arts and Sciences.
- Degree Type
The degree you are earning e.g. M.A., M.S., Ph.D., etc.
Keywords, tags, or phrases that describe the content of your thesis or dissertation.
The date you'll be receiving your degree, e.g. December 2013.
The Creative Commons License you want for your thesis or dissertation. More information about choosing a Creative Commons license may be found below.
The amount of time you would like to delay access to the full text of your thesis or dissertation. More information about requesting an embargo may be found below.
- Upload Full Text
Have an electronic copy, preferably in Microsoft Word (DOC) or (DOCX) format, ready.
- Additional Files
Have electronic copies of any supplemental materials, such as audio and video files or datasets, on hand.
- Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
- Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to "copyleft" free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
- Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0
This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
- Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
- Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
- Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
When you submit research, you will be prompted to supply a justification and period of time for the full text of your research to be under embargo in UTC Scholar. The Dean of the Graduate School reviews all embargo requests and will contact you directly with any questions related to your request.
- Make sure your paper is in an acceptable format. We can accept papers in Microsoft Word (DOC) or (DOCX), Rich Text Format (RTF), or Adobe Acrobat (PDF).
- Create a new account by clicking on My Account and clicking on the Sign up button. If you already have an account, sign in and skip ahead to step 5.
- Complete the user account form. Be sure to enter your UTC email address and choose a password you will remember. Click Sign up.
- After you've created your new account, you will see a page directing you to check your email. Check your email and click on the link in the email. This will take you back to UTC Scholar.
- Once you’ve successfully logged in to UTC Scholar, click Submit Research.
- Choose Theses and Dissertations.
- Check the box to agree to to the Non-Exclusive Distribution License for Theses and Dissertations.
- Fill out the form and upload your file. Required fields are indicated by a red flag.
- Locate the article on your My Account page, and click the title.
- Click Revise Submission from the list of options in the left sidebar.
- Enter your changes in the Revise Submission form, and click Submit at the bottom of the page to submit your changes. (You only need to modify the portion of the form that corresponds to the changes you wish to make.)