Submission Guidelines for GSBS Dissertations and Theses


  • Benefits to GSBS students of having your thesis/dissertation archived in the eScholarship@UMMS repository
  • Requirements prior to submission
  • Before you begin the online submission process
  • Log in or create your account in eScholarship@UMMS
  • How to submit
  • Submission agreement
  • Fill in submission form
  • What happens next
  • Binding
  • Recommended citation and download metrics
  • Benefits to GSBS students of having your thesis/dissertation archived in the eScholarship@UMMS repository

    • Immediate exposure through Google and other search engines to maximize readership and impact of your scholarship
    • Dissemination to a wider audience and increased exposure potentially lead to earlier and increased citation of your work
    • Download statistics are available
    • Permanent link, DOI and citation for inclusion on your CV

    Requirements prior to submission

    1. Students must follow the GSBS Doctoral Dissertation Preparation Guide or GSBS Master’s Thesis Preparation Guide to ensure that formatting is correct, no required pages are missing, and their theses/dissertations are properly converted to PDF format. No compression or password protection should be used and all fonts should be embedded in the document. A good resource for formatting PDF files using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Professional is available at: Best practices for producing high quality PDF files.
    2. The student should ensure that their thesis/dissertation is free of errors. Once the Graduate School has posted the thesis/dissertation on eScholarship@UMMS, corrections cannot be made unless the student submits an official request to the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Affairs.
    3. The GSBS Dissertation Defense Outcome Form (BBS08) must be completed and submitted before beginning the electronic submission process in eScholarship@UMMS.
    4. Students are required to register for an ORCID and enter their ORCID ID on the GSBS19 eScholarship@UMMS Permission Form. ORCIDs are unique author identifiers for researchers. Registration is free and takes 30 seconds.
    5. The GSBS19 eScholarship@UMMS Permission Form must be filled out and signed electronically by the student and the student’s advisor(s). This form certifies that the manuscript is complete and has been approved by the student’s advisory committee, and designates the student’s selections for embargo and re-use rights.
    6. The full text of University of Massachusetts Medical School theses/dissertations are made publicly available in the university’s repository, eScholarship@UMMS. If the student wishes to request an embargo on their thesis/dissertation (i.e. a delay in online access to the full text), they must indicate it on the GSBS19 eScholarship@UMMS Permission Form. Guidelines and a full explanation of embargoes and public access options are available at GSBS Dissertations and Theses Policies.

    Before you begin the online submission process

    Before you begin the online submission process, please be sure you have the following items ready:

    • Full text of your final, approved thesis/dissertation in PDF format
    • Abstract
    • Keywords
    • Name of Thesis Advisor(s)
    • Your GSBS19 eScholarship@UMMS Permission Form must first be completed and electronically signed by you and your thesis advisor(s)
    • Supplemental files to be displayed on the web page with your thesis/dissertation (e.g. data sets, video clips, sound files). See GSBS Dissertations and Theses Policies for other options to make supplemental research data files accessible.

    Please note that Chrome and Firefox browsers work best for the eScholarship@UMMS site. Some users of Safari and Internet Explorer have experienced problems with the submission process.

    Log in or create your account in eScholarship@UMMS

    1. Open your web browser (Chrome and Firefox work best) and go to Or, click on the Submit Thesis/Dissertation link in the left navigation pane on GSBS Dissertations and Theses.
    2. If you already have an eScholarship@UMMS account, please log in. If you have never made a submission to eScholarship@UMMS before, you will need to click on Sign Up to create a free account. (It will be separate from your UMass network login.) When creating an account, it is preferable to provide a permanent email address that you can still use after graduation. Please enter “University of Massachusetts Medical School” as your institutional affiliation.
    3. After you click the Sign Up button, the eScholarship@UMMS system will send you a confirmation email. Click on the link in the message to confirm your account. (If you do not see the confirmation message in your email inbox, check the junk mail folder.)

    How to submit

    When you are ready to submit, log in to your account and click on the Submit Thesis/Dissertation link in the left sidebar of the eScholarship@UMMS GSBS Dissertations and Theses website.

    Submission agreement

    After logging into the system, you will be presented a submission agreement as the first step of the submission process. This is the same agreement as specified on the GSBS19 eScholarship@UMMS Permission Form. Please read the agreement carefully, print it for your records, check off the box, and click the Continue button.

    Fill in submission form

    Enter all information (demographic information, title, keywords, advisor(s), abstract, embargo option, rights and permission option, etc.) into the eScholarship@UMMS submission form for your thesis/dissertation. Follow the entry instructions for each field.

    Under Upload Full Text, select one of the two options:

    • “Upload file from your computer”: Click the Browse button to locate the PDF file of the final version of your dissertation on your computer and upload it.
    • “Link out to file on remote site”: If your final dissertation PDF is on Google Drive or Dropbox, get a link for sharing and enter the shareable link in the box. This option is recommended if your dissertation file is large (5 MB or larger).

    Check the box "Please check this if you'd like to add additional files" to upload any supplemental files to be displayed on the web page with your dissertation or thesis, such as data sets, video clips, or sound files (if applicable).

    You can enter a description for each file, e.g. “Video 1. Movie of wild type touch-evoked response". When all additional files have been uploaded and saved, click the Continue button to complete the submission process.

    When you see the message indicating that your thesis/dissertation has been successfully uploaded, you are done. You will receive a system-generated email message to confirm receipt of your submission.

    If you experience problems during the submission process, contact , the eScholarship@UMMS administrator.

    What happens next

    After reviewing the submission, the Graduate School or the Library will contact the student for any revisions necessary. If revisions are necessary, the student will make the changes in his or her original document, reconvert to pdf and submit the changes online through eScholarship@UMMS.

    To revise your submission at a later time, log into your eScholarship@UMMS account, click on the title of your submission, and select the option in the menu in the upper left to Revise Submission. To upload new or updated supplemental files, select the option to Manage Additional Files.

    The document will be “locked” to prevent further revisions. The Library will post the thesis/dissertation in eScholarship@UMMS within 1-2 weeks of acceptance, with or without an embargo and Creative Commons License as specified by the student.


    Binding of theses or dissertations is no longer a UMMS requirement by the Graduate School or the Library. The electronic versions will be the version of record. If the student’s department/committee chair requires a print copy, or the student wants print copies, binding arrangements and fees are the sole responsibility of the student. Interested students can consult the Graduate School for a recommendation for a local bindery.

    If you have further questions, please contact the Graduate School at

    Recommended citation and download metrics

    Posting your thesis/dissertation in eScholarship@UMMS provides a permanent link and DOI that you can include on a resume or CV. A recommended citation is shown on the main page for each thesis/dissertation. Theses and dissertations are available immediately in Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines to maximize readership and impact of your scholarship. Each month the system will send an email to the email address used for your eScholarship@UMMS account with metrics on the number of full text downloads of your thesis/dissertation. The download count is also available on the thesis/dissertation main page.