The ETD Submission Process Has Been Revamped

Many graduate schools at Rutgers require that their students submit an online copy of their dissertation or thesis for archival in the Rutgers repository. For 14 years, the RUetd Submission System, developed in house, was used for uploading and reviewing the submissions.  This summer, it has been replaced with ProQuest’s ETD Administrator, a tool that is widely used by other academic institutions.

The ETD Administrator guides students and graduate school staff through the submission process. It involves cooperation between students, graduate school staff, and RUL. Students submit metadata about their degree and dissertation/thesis, as well as the actual PDF. They can also request bound copies and request that ProQuest register copyright for them. Graduate school staff review the submissions for completeness and to make sure requirements are met. Once the submission is approved, the ETD is delivered to ProQuest for publication and to Rutgers for archival in the RUcore repository.

RUL supports use of this tool for all ten graduate schools that require online submission. Students from the two schools that have August graduations have submitted their ETDs using this tool. The next ETDs will be submitted for October, followed by January and May. You can see the page being created for ETD submission help at

If you have questions or want to know more about ETDs, please contact Marty Barnett (

Martha Barnett