Thesis & dissertation information
Students required to complete a thesis or dissertation must meet the Graduate School’s formatting guidelines and deadlines. One final copy of the thesis or dissertation must be submitted electronically to OhioLINK by the final deadline. The following web links show the deadlines and formatting guidelines. There will be NO extensions to the deadline.
Submitting your thesis or dissertation
- You are encouraged to create a schedule for yourself that will allow you to defend your work during two to three weeks before the submission deadline to allow for any revisions required by your committee.
- The Graduate School is no longer completing "preliminary checks." Instead, upload your document to OhioLink when you are ready for format check. It will not be visible to the public, only to the graduate school's format check office. Documents are format checked in the order received each semester. Format check may not take place until after graduation, and this will not keep a student from graduating. See "The Format Check Process" below.
- Once you are ready to submit your document to OhioLink, you will need to convert the document to PDF and submit it electronically. Follow the procedures outlined below.
Formatting and writing tips
Recent thesis and dissertation writing workshop presentations
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- Writing an Abstract
- Synthesis Not Summary, How to Write a Review of the Literature
- Formatting a Thesis or Dissertation
- Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation (Video/Audio Presentation)
- Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation (Video/Audio Presentation) (Spring 2021)
- Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation (PowerPoint)
The format check process
The Graduate School format checks each graduating student's thesis or dissertation for adherence to the Graduate School Guidelines for Preparing a Thesis or Dissertation. Be sure to use these guidelines throughout your drafting process to make your format check process much easier. The guidelines walk you through formatting each special section of your paper (table of contents, lists of tables and figures, title page, signature page, etc.) and provides the guidelines for margins, spacing, and alignment throughout your document. Some guidelines may conflict with the style guide in your department. In these cases, the Graduate School Guidelines should be followed.
Once you feel that you have formatted your document in accordance with the Guidelines to the best of your ability, it is time to upload your document to OhioLink. Your document will not be visible to the public at this time. The Format Check office will then check your pdf from OhioLink and will send you the pdf with comments in the document for correction. You will then make the corrections, and send the newest version back for approval. Once approved, the Format Check office will replace the version you uploaded to OhioLink with your final version and will publish it after graduation.
Delaying electronic publication of a thesis or dissertation
In some circumstances, a student may wish to delay the electronic publication of a thesis or dissertation. While the University generally promotes the timely publication of theses and dissertations, it is recognized that under certain specific circumstances, a delay is warranted. These include:
- when the student wishes to publish an article from the thesis or dissertation in a journal whose policy is not to publish anything that has already been published electronically;
- when the student wishes to publish the thesis or dissertation with a publisher whose policy is not to publish anything that has already been published electronically and;
- when the student is in the process of applying for a patent on research contained in the thesis or dissertation and does not wish to disclose its contents until the patent application has been filed.
Graduate students can apply to the Graduate School for a delay in the electronic publication of a thesis or dissertation for up to a five year period (renewable). Requests must be supported by evidence from the journal or publisher to show that the publication policy requires no previous electronic publication. (For the NEOMFA program in creative writing, the advisor’s endorsement is sufficient.) Evidence of intent to file patent materials is also required. The request for delay form must be signed by the student’s thesis or dissertation advisor and must be submitted at the time of the signed signature page. The request will be reviewed by the Graduate School before it is granted. Extensions may be requested with appropriate documentation.
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