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Writing the Dissertation or Research Project: Publishing the Dissertation



  • ProQuest Dissertations
    • CSU does not participate with the PQDT dissertation publishing program. Be sure to check the ProQuest site before preparing and formatting or your dissertation may not be exportable in future years. 
  • Digital Copy
    • The digital copy is very important so your original research can be read, cited, refuted, argued, and lauded by others. Contact the CSU Online Library and grant them a written license to link to your dissertation or research project.

Print/Hard Copy 

Most universities bind all dissertations in black buckrum (like a cloth) with gold embossed lettering. Most local bindery or printers can bind it for you. Expect it to cost about $125 each. It is best to have 2 copies done, one for you and one for the University. Binderies often refer to these as vanity press because you are doing only 1 or 2 copies. Pay attention to the paper they print it on, as you want good quality paper to last 100 years on the shelf without becoming moldy or brittle. With a third copy, you could make a donation to your undergraduate bricks and mortar library or to your local public library. Hopefully, that library will catalog it and your dissertation will be entered into WorldCat, which is searchable by all. It cannot be read there, but someone could determine which library has a copy of your dissertation and initiate an interlibrary loan for it.

Online Publishing Aggregators

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

You could register with Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and if they accept your research, you can then upload your abstract or your whole PDF copy and it will be searchable on the web thereafter. You can decide if you wish to charge for the PDF or make it freely accessible. SSRN produces regular citation analytics. Google Scholar automatically searches and indexes all the entries in SSRN.

Google Scholar

If you are comfortable with your research being searched by users of Google Scholar, go to Google Scholar’s website and set up a public author profile. Input the unique URL that leads to your literature, either its abstract or full-text. Google has well laid out rules about what they will link to or what they will allow you to upload to Google Book Search. The Google Scholar Citations keeps track of citations to your articles and is a good data source for citation analysis. You can see who is citing you and create citation metrics. If your articles have been accepted in Social Science Research Network, that content will already be indexed.

Scholarly Open Access

Scholarly Open Access: Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing or Beall’s list, was created and maintained by University of Colorado Scholarly Initiatives Librarian Jeffrey Beall. The blog collates the academic journals which he regards as questionable. Bogus academic journals are a growing problem. Beall's hard work on outing journals whose business and academic practices are less than reputable has caught the eye of one of the publishers he named and shamed, and now he’s being sued. "Academic publisher sues librarian blogger for millions."