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  1. Publishing (T-7). See the ProQuest Information Packet for information about publishing your dissertation, and fill out these forms. In there, you will find a potentially confusing set of options and requirements. Breaking these down, you have to (1) choose between "Traditional" and "Open Access" publishing, (2) decided whether to have them file copyright for you, and (3) decide whether and how many printed copies of your dissertation to order from them.
    1. Traditional publishing is covered by the $70 you will pay to the Bursar (see next step). You would be crazy to pay for "Open Access" publishing: this is a one-time fee you pay for them to make a PDF downloadable from their website. If you want to distribute your thesis, just put a PDF on your website! You should also note that the University of Rochester will host a digital copy for you for free at http://urresearch.rochester.edu. Email urresearch-help@rochester.edu for more information. Bottom line: do Traditional Publishing.
    2. I do not know about copyright, but it is probably not worthwhile for you to do it. I think a formal filing would give you better recourse to sue someone who stole your dissertation. However, no one is ever going to read your dissertation, much less steal it to make money from it. Checks against such theft are provided by the consequences of plagiarism imposed by the academic community, not legal threat.
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    1. I highly disrecommend purchasing printed copies from ProQuest. The copies are very expensive (~ $50 each) and are of relatively low quality. Instead, you should submit and print your thesis yourself using an on-demand service like Lulu.com, which provides high-quality printed books for a much cheaper price (around $20). These can be ordered on demand at any point in the future, and printing is as easy as uploading a PDF and selecting a few options.
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    1. I highly disrecommend purchasing printed copies from ProQuest. The copies are very expensive (~ $50 each) and are of relatively low quality. Instead, you should submit and print your thesis yourself using an on-demand service like Lulu.com, which provides high-quality printed books for a much cheaper price (around $20). These can be ordered on demand at any point in the future, and printing is as easy as uploading a PDF and selecting a few options. See this page to learn more detail about publishing on Lulu.com.
 
  1. Payment (T-7). At some point before the actual formal registration, you need to spend $70 at the Bursar's office for the storage and archival of your Dissertation. This is not optional. Take pages 4, 5, and (optionally) 6 of the ProQuest packet to the Bursar. They will provide proof of payment. Note that this is often called the "Microfilm fee", and it includes the cost of "Traditional Publishing" with ProQuest. You might see this listed in different places at different prices (e.g., $55, $65), but as of November 2010, the correct price is $70.
  2. More forms (T-7). Take the following to JoMarie: (1) 1 single-side copy of your dissertation, (2) 3 copies of your title page and abstract, and (3) photocopies each of the Ph.D. advisor form, the CSD approval form, and the Appointment form. She will provide (1) a Department Statement of Completion, (2) a current Academic Advising Record, (3) a list of your committee members' email addresses, and (4) a spring-back folder in which to register your thesis.
  3. Registration (T). Take the following items to the College of Arts & Science Dean's Office (Lattimore 222):
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    • one corrected, unbound, single-spaced hard copy of your dissertation
    • a digital copy of your thesis source (i.e., the LaTeX files and build system) on CD or flash drive
    • the documents provided to you after your defense (diploma card, survey, and research authorization form)
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  1. See this page to learn how to print your own copies for much less.
 -- MattPost - 2010-11-04 \ No newline at end of file
 
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