Submission & Approval of your Manuscript


For help with submitting your thesis or dissertation to the OhioLINK ETD database contact the ETD staff:

Thesis & Dissertation Services
Graduate College, Room 120

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All appointments whether in person or on line are by appointment.  In accordance with the BGSU COVID-19 Policy, all persons seeking in-person assistance must wear a mask.  If you have a fever, dry cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, loss of sense of taste or smell, or any other symptoms as updated by the Centers for Disease Control or the Ohio Department of Health please request a virtual appointment at

Please be sure that the document you are submitting has been thoroughly proofed for both content as well as formatting and typographical errors. The Graduate College does not take responsibility for any errors in your document.  Minimal checks are made to ensure you have used the templates provided and have followed the formatting specified in the Thesis/Dissertation Handbook

Once the document has been approved for publication to OhioLINK, changes and modifications to the manuscript cannot be made.

Required Forms - When the manuscript is in the final form required by the committee, the student should access the Thesis or Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Approval form and directions on the Documents and Forms Page. The completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Form must be approved by the posted deadline each semester. Doctoral students should complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) ( prior to graduation. For more information on this, please read the Privacy Policy and Information Brochure.

Submitting your manuscript to OhioLINK - Once your manuscript has been defended, approved by your thesis or dissertation committee, and converted to a PDF document, you are ready to upload it to OhioLINK ETD. 

Please use caution when completing the abstract section on the OhioLINK ETD database. You may need to replace special characters or formatting before you copy and paste your abstract information.  Be sure to carefully read the instructions during the submission process.  

Approval of your ETD - Once the file has been uploaded to OhioLINK ETD, and the ETD Approval/Submission Form has been received in the Office of Registration and Records, the ETD Coordinator will review the PDF document. If any problems are discovered with your ETD or PDF document, you will be contacted as soon as possible to resolve any issues before approval and final publication is granted. Upon final publication, your electronically submitted thesis or dissertation will become immediately available for download from the OhioLINK ETD web site. The review process may take a few weeks after you have submitted your document to the OhioLINK ETD database.