All theses and dissertations beginning in the spring of 2007 are submitted electronically and are published through the UAB libraries’ digital collections.
Electronic Submission and Publication
An Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) is the same as its paper counterpart in content and organization and meets the formatting requirements described in the Format Manual for Theses and Dissertations.
It is important to recognize the distinction between electronic submission and electronic publication.
Electronic submission indicates that rather than printing your document and submitting paper copies to the Graduate School, you submit your final document as a PDF file. No paper copies are accepted by the Graduate School or the UAB libraries. Committee members may still, if they choose, require a paper copy for their part of the review process.
Electronic publication is a separate issue and refers to the ways in which your document will be made available to others. This issue may require further consideration. Click here for a discussion of publication and copyright issues.