A doctoral dissertation must be a dissertator’s own work. If it is the result of research enterprises in which others have collaborated, a substantial portion must represent the dissertator’s own contribution and the other research participants must be identified.
Dissertations must include acknowledgement of contributions received from other individuals, including co-authors of published work that appears in the document. This includes those who contributed in designing the research, executing the research, analyzing the data, interpreting the data/research, or writing, proofing, or copyediting the manuscript.
Publication of the doctoral dissertation is required. ProQuest UMI ETD Administrator is used to publish the dissertation electronically and on microfilm, and to publish an abstract of the dissertation in Dissertation Abstracts, a monthly publication. Dissertators must pay the cost of processing the dissertation and publishing the abstract by ProQuest.
Most master’s theses at UW–Madison are not published through ProQuest, although a student may choose to do so. If a student wants to publish their master’s thesis through ProQuest, they should contact the Graduate School’s Office of Academic Services.