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Publishing your Master’s Thesis at Brandeis

The General Guidelines for Master’s Thesis Submission can be found here.

A step-by-step guide to submitting your Master’s Thesis to the Brandeis Institutional Repository can be found here.

A. Overview and Publication Information

As part of the requirements for the Master’s degree, as specified in the University Bulletin, the  Graduate  School  of  Arts  and  Sciences  (GSAS) requires  electronic  submission  of  your thesis  to  the  Brandeis  Institutional  Repository. In  addition,  the Certification  of Master’s Thesis  Acceptance  Form must be turned into the GSAS Office one day before the specified submission deadline outlined in the University’s Academic Calendar.

GSAS  collaborates  with  Library and Technology Services  for  submission  and  archiving  of electronic  versions  of  theses  through  electronic deposit  to  the  GSAS  Master’s  Thesis Collection  in  the  Brandeis  Institutional  Repository.  Authors  may  find  this  advantageous since an electronic  version  of  the  thesis  can include  photographs,  simulations,  video  clips and  sound,  thumbnail  pages,  and  links  to  aid  navigation  through  the  document.  Adding color  to  diagrams  of  molecules  and  simulating  three-dimensional  models  would  enhance the impact and possibly clarify for readers some of your ideas.

Save a Microsoft Word .doc/.docx version of your thesis in addition to the PDF file you will eventually create in Adobe Acrobat.  NAME your file with your last name, “thesis”, and year of completion.  No spaces should appear in the filename.  Example: JeromeThesis2013.pdf

Once  your  thesis is in a  suitable PDF  format  for  submission, go  to and select  “login” under My  Account.  Use  your UNet  ID and password  to log in.  Select  the Submissions option under My  Account.    This will take you to the first step of the submission process.

After GSAS has approved the formatting, and your degree has been conferred by the Office of the Registrar GSAS will release your thesis to the University Repository for public access. If  you  submit  your  thesis  well  before  the  submission  deadline,  it  will  not go  into  the electronic  system  until  your  degree  has  been  conferred  by  the  Registrar.    Also,  if  the document  appears  to  be  incomplete  or  if  there  are  questions  about  the  reproduction  of previously  copyrighted  materials,  publication  will  be  delayed  until  all  concerns  are resolved.

Once published, your thesis will be available on the World Wide Web as well as through the LOUIS system. In  some  circumstances,  it  may  be possible  to  limit  access  to  your  work through a temporary embargo.  Contact GSAS to discuss limitations on access.

B. Copyright  and  Intellectual  Property  Issues

Copyright  registration  is  not  a  prerequisite  to  copyright  protection,  but  if  a  work  is  not registered within three months of first publication, attorney’s fees may not be recovered if a suit is brought nor can you collect statutory damages which the law provides in cases where real  damage  is  difficult  to  show. It  is  your  choice  whether  to  register  for  copyright.  For information  on  copyright  registration  or  if  you  want  more  general  information  on copyrighting, please visit the ‘copyright’ page of this site, as well as the United States Copyright Office site at


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