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Publishing Your Dissertation

This LibGuide will provide guidance on how to prepare and submit your dissertation for publication by ProQuest Dissertation Publishing.

Publishing Your Dissertation

Your dissertation is very special to you since it's a significant milestone in your professional and personal life. But it's more than that: it's also your contribution to the knowledge of humanity and to the accumulated research-based knowledge of your discipline.

The College, the Library, and the School of Education believe in disseminating our students' and our institution's intellectual work as broadly as possible.  We urge and encourage you to publish it in ProQuest's Open Access Dissertation Publishing service so as many people as possible may benefit from your original research.

ProQuest Dissertation Publishing has been publishing dissertations and theses since 1938. In that time, they have published over 2 million graduate works from graduate schools around the world. They have over 700 active university publishing partners and publish more than 70,000 new graduate works each year. In addition to publishing, they provide access to graduate works held at thousands of libraries around the world through the service now known as ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) and formerly known as Dissertation Abstracts.

The relationship between you and ProQuest Dissertation Publishing (PQDP) is that of author and publisher. Piedmont College Libraries will assist as an intermediary in the process. This LibGuide will provide you with the information you need to submit your manuscript to PQDP for publication.

Open Access Publishing

The now-common usage of the term open access means freely available for viewing or downloading by anyone with access to the internet. Sometimes a distinction is made for limited open access, meaning that material is available free of charge to a limited group of authorized users.

ProQuest's usage of open access means the former. That is, dissertations and theses published as part of the Open Access Dissertation Publishing service from ProQuest will be freely available at no charge for viewing or downloading by anyone with access to the internet, indefinitely.

Because the School of Education and the Library believe in disseminating your research in the broadest possible way, we urge you to participate in the ProQuest Open Access Dissertations project. The Library will pay all fees associated with this service, which includes perpetual archiving.

This page provides move information about ProQuest's Open Access Publishing PLUS service and contains a link to an FAQ you may find helpful.

The Library & Your Dissertation

The Library serves as a gatekeeper in the dissertation submission process.  We "press the button" for final submission of your dissertation to ProQuest for publication. The Library will also provide assistance as you navigate the various phases of dissertation submission and publication. 

However, the Library is not responsible for errors in the formatting or content of your document and we do not provide proofreading services either for formatting or content. When you submit your document to the Library, we presume that the submitted document has reached its final form, which is  decided by your advisor, your committee, and yourself.

Your main contact at the Library is the Director, Bob Glass.  You can reach him at 706-776-0111, 8-5, Monday-Friday, or by e-mail at