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ETD Review

What is ETD Review?

ETD Review is the last line of defense before publication to ensure your manuscript meets requirements, is well-formatted, and will best serve you in your future career.

It happens after you have defended your thesis or dissertation and begins once you have submitted your final manuscript for publication.

ETD Review is not copy editing. Copy editing should be done before you submit your manuscript for review and publication.

When you submit your manuscript for review, you and your committee are indicating that you believe it is ready for publication and that no further revision is needed. ETD Review is a secondary check, but the primary responsibility for review lies with you and your committee. 

An ETD must pass review for a student to qualify for graduation. Please adhere to all deadlines and submit any requested revisions promptly.

What to Expect While Your ETD is in Review

ETDs are usually assigned to a reviewer in the order they are received. Reviewers ensure an ETD meets the criteria in the Final Draft Checklist. (See the Guidelines and Templates tab for a copy of this checklist.)

Reviewers will spot-check your document for major and/or recurring errors. Then they will either approve your manuscript or ask you to correct noted errors. Reviewers do not proofread the entire manuscript and cannot make corrections for you.

Ideally, you will receive the results of your first review via email within two weeks of the submission deadline depending on staffing and the number of ETDs to be reviewed. Manuscripts submitted early in the semester may take a little longer depending on reviewer availability.

Advantages of the Review Process

  • Reviewers look for errors that would cause ProQuest to reject or black out portions of your manuscript.
  • Reviewers look for errors that would result in costly corrections charges for the student after publication.
  • Reviewers look for citation errors to make sure all sources can be found in the future and the student's work remains credible.
  • Reviewers generally do all that time allows to help make the student look good!

Reviewers have very little time to spend with each manuscript before graduation. It is in the student's best interest to submit a manuscript that is as polished as possible so that reviewers will not have to waste that time on the basics.