Preparing Your Manuscript for Submission

Taken from the ProQuest Author Guide: Preparing Your Manuscript for Submission

Submit as a PDF

The manuscript of your dissertation or thesis must be submitted to ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing in Adobe PDF format. When preparing you PDF, be sure to do the following:

  • Embed all fonts (information on how to embed fonts can be found on the ProQuest website.
  • Make sure there is no password protection on the PDF.
  • Ensure that security settings allow printing.

View Proper Formatting

ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing makes no changes to the formatting and content of submitted manuscripts. Therefore, the burden of how the manuscript looks when it is accessed or printed is entirely the responsibility of the author. ProQuest strongly recommends that individual authors take responsibility for reformatting the document into Adobe PDF, for checking the reformatted document for accuracy, and for submitting the PDF document to the graduate school or library for publication.


ProQuest no longer has a word limit on your abstract, as this constrains your ability to describe your research in a section that is accessible to search engines, and therefore would constrain potential exposure of your work. However, we continue to publish print indexes that include citations and abstracts of all dissertations and theses published by ProQuest/UMI. These print indexes require limits of 350 words for doctoral dissertations and 150 words for master's theses. Additionally, ourprint indexes allow only text to be included in the abstract. In the editorial process for these print publications, we will simply truncate your abstract if it exceeds these words limits and remove any non-text content. You may want to limit the length of your abstract if this concerns you. The abstract as you submit it will not be altered in your published manuscript. Please include an additional version of your abstract in English, even if the primary language of your dissertation or thesis is NOT English.