As paper copies are scanned as an image PDF during the publishing process, the most important consideration if you submit a paper copy is to ensure that the manuscript is high-quality, with crisp, dark black characters for the highest-quality copy. Please see our Preparing Your Manuscript Guide
for more recommendations. Do keep in mind that paper copies are scanned in black and white and will appear as such online and in bound copies even when the original submission is in color.
While we actively encourage all our university publishing partners to migrate to online submission, ProQuest Dissertation Publishing continues to accept paper submission. Publishing with paper submissions carries a turnaround time of eight to12 weeks. Most universities appoint an individual from the graduate school or the library to organize submissions. Students hand in a complete paper manuscript, signed agreement forms and payment. All materials are them shipped to ProQuest for processing. It is important to review all submissions for accuracy and completeness in order to ensure the quickest possible turnaround time for publication. Please ensure that all forms are filled out completely, all signatures are present and all payments are included. Please note that payments, if sent separately, must arrive BEFORE manuscripts. If we begin to process without payments some options (e.g. copyright) can no longer be applied. It is extremely helpful if each shipment is accompanied by a school letter and list identifying all students sent in the current shipment. Additional questions about paper submission can be directed to our Author and School Relations group.