Thesis and Dissertation Services
Theses and dissertations must be submitted to DigitalCommons@UNMC as a requirement for graduation. Instructions for submission and the optional binding of a manuscript are below.
Submitting Your Thesis or Dissertation to DigitalCommons@UNMC  

Preparation

Follow the instructions below to submit your thesis or dissertation. Once submitted, it will be reviewed by library staff before publishing.

Before submitting, please read all relevant policies and/or submission guidelines.

The submission process consists of the following steps:

  1. Read and accept the Submission Agreement below
  2. Provide information about yourself and any co-authors
  3. Upload your electronic file and associated files

Before you begin, please be sure you have the following items:

  • The submission's title
  • The abstract
  • A list of keywords
  • A PDF file of your work
  • Electronic copies of copyright permissions (to be uploaded as Additional Files)

Submission Instructions

  1. Once you have completed your manuscript and are ready to electronically submit it to DigitalCommons@UNMC, go here and click on the Submit Your Work link, located on the lower right hand menu bar.
  2. You will be asked to log in or create an account. Most graduates will need to create new account. In order for you to receive monthly usage reports, please use your permanent email address.
  3. Before proceeding, you must open your email account to confirm the creation of your account.
  4. Once confirmed, you will be directed to the Submission Agreement. Please read the agreement and accept the terms.
  5. You will now see a form in which you must enter all of the required information. (dates, title, keywords, advisor(s), abstract, etc.)
  6. At the end of the form, you can upload your manuscript as a PDF.
  7. Upload any supplemental files you may want to include with the submission. These files would include picture, audio, video, animations, simulations, etc. It is also at this point when you upload documentation that you have permission to use copyrighted materials and materials that have already been published (i.e. in a journal article).
  8. Once you submit your manuscript, the library will be notified and will post to DigitalCommons.
  9. Graduate Studies will receive notification once the submission process has been completed.

Embargoes & Restrictions

What is an embargo?

An embargo is a delayed release of information. Discuss embargo with your advisor. If you choose to embargo your thesis or dissertation, it will not be available to download until the embargo has expired. The embargo begins the date of submission, not the date of online publication.

Why would I want to embargo my thesis or dissertation?

Some reasons to request an embargo include:

  • There may be patentable rights or sensitive data in the work or other issues.
  • There is an ethical need to prevent disclosure of sensitive information about persons, institutions, etc.
Bind Your Thesis or Dissertation  

Starting May 6, the library will be closed for renovation, but you can still get your thesis or dissertation bound. Please follow these steps:

On campus bindery steps for students during renovation

  1. Print the number of copies you would like, using the printer of your choice. Ensure the company prints the dissertation single-sided on high quality paper.
  2. Go to the online payment form to enter your information, to include binding cover and font color.
  3. Pay $20 per copy online, with an additional $10 flat rate for the whole shipment to be mailed to you.
  4. Bring the printed copies to the Graduate Studies office, ARS building, room 2004 and place on the front desk. The library is notified of your order after you submit the online form (steps 2 and 3).
  5. The bindery has a turn-around time of 3 to 4 weeks mid-semester and 6 to 8 weeks at the end of each semester.
  6. When we receive your bound copies, we will contact you. You may pick them up in the Graduate Studies office or they will be mailed to you, if applicable.

Long distance bindery steps for students not currently/no longer on campus

  1. Print the number of copies you would like, using the printer of your choice. Ensure the company prints the dissertation single-sided on high quality paper.
  2. Go to the online payment form to enter your information, to include binding cover and font color.
  3. Pay $20 per copy online, with an additional $10 flat rate for the whole shipment to be mailed to you.
  4. Mail the printed copies to :

                Sue Clark
                McGoogan Library of Medicine
                University of Nebraska Medical Center
                986705 Nebraska Medical Center | Omaha, NE 68198-6705

  1. The bindery has a turn-around time of 3 to 4 weeks mid-semester and 6 to 8 weeks at the end of each semester.
  2. When we receive your bound copies, they will be mailed to you.