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ProQuest has served as the steward of significant collections, including graduate works, since 1938. During that time, thanks to successful publishing partnerships with 700 universities,
ProQuest has shepherded more than 2 million graduate works into the scholarly record for the advancement of research. Now the process is easier than ever, with ProQuest's Web-based system.


Use ETD Administrator - trusted workflow tool for streamlining, archiving, and dissemination of graduate research

The ProQuest ETD Administrator system helps manage the electronic submission of dissertations and theses from your institution. It simplifies the submission process for students and graduate administrators alike by moving all steps online and eliminating the need to box and ship paper copies of each dissertation or thesis.

Student Submission Process
We will establish a unique ETD Administrator site for your students that will guide them through uploading their graduate works and all relevant information. The system alerts the designated administrator for your school when each student submission is complete, providing an opportunity to review the submission before sending it to us.

The Administrator Role

Every ETD Administrator site will have one primary administrator, with additional administrators depending on the size and needs of your school. Alerted when new submissions are completed, the administrator reviews each submission before sending to ProQuest, either individually or in batches. The administrator can also have the prepublication version of each submission posted to a university FTP site.

Once your ETD Administrator site has been set up, we will notify you and provide administrator-level access. You will then have the ability to:

  • Review and edit submissions
  • Communicate with student authors about their submissions
  • Send submissions through to ProQuest
  • Run reports on submissions sent to ProQuest

Why go online with the ETD Administrator?

A faster, simpler submission process

  • Faster publication: Online submissions typically are processed twice as quickly as paper submissions.
  • Easier submissions: Students log on, input their information, and upload their manuscripts for review by your school's site administrator – usually in less than an hour. All instructions and guidance are at their fingertips.

Results in the highest-quality product

  • Superior publication: Manuscripts submitted digitally retain their original appearance, with color images, graphics, and crisp, clear text.

Provides the management tools you need

  • Easier administration: Administrators log on to review and manage submissions, communicate with students about their submissions, and send them off to ProQuest. No more boxes to ship, and no more shipments to track.
  • Online payment by credit card: Through the ETD Administrator, students can pay their publishing fees, copyright registration fees (optional), and purchase print copies of their graduate works (optional) using a credit card – so no more payments to manage.
  • Free delivery to the library: When submissions are sent through to ProQuest, the ETD Administrator can post the pre-print versions of the same submissions to a library FTP site.

Faster inclusion in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global)

  • World’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses
  • Single, unified access point for an extensive, trusted collection of more than 2.5 million graduate works in full text and A&I records for another 2.5 million works, used in 3,000 institutions worldwide
  • An official offsite repository for the U.S. Library of Congress
  • Institutional repository (IR) digital copies of the works are provided to sponsoring universities

How can we get started?

  • Email the dissertations team at, to discuss the submission process and other features.
  • Try our demo site: We've created a special "demo" version of ETD Administrator to help you test the student submission process and test the administrator features.

Who else is using ProQuest ETD Administrator?

Check out the list of participating schools.

Making the transition
You can set up, train, test and pilot over the summer:

It's easy: Contact the dissertations team (, and we will do the rest.
It's fast: Your customized ProQuest ETD Administrator will be set late summer, in time for fall classes.
It's free: There is no additional cost, and nothing to install.
It's supported: Once your site is set up, we provide training over the phone. Going forward, technical support is just a phone call away.

Put the ProQuest ETD Administrator to work for your graduate works…email today!


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