In addition to the freely available electronic version available in the IR@UF, authors have additional publishing options for their thesis or dissertation. While the Libraries do not endorse any binding service or publishing platform, we are happy to discuss your options with you. If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2018, the Smathers Libraries and BiblioLabs began a program to offer retail print-on-demand options to authors of digital theses and dissertations, at no cost to the author. The first batch of titles went live in January 2019. As of January 2020, more than 424 unique titles are available on Amazon. Books are available for sale from sellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble as hardcover (priced at $69) or paperback (priced at $49). Price is not affected by number of pages or the presence of color illustrations. Authors receive a 20% royalty rate after expenses.
There is no cost for authors to join the program and authors retain the copyright to their work. For full terms and conditions, please review the BiblioLabs Author Agreement. If you are interested in participating, please complete the form at this link. After your thesis or dissertation has been added to the Institutional Repository at the University of Florida (https://ufdc.ufl.edu/ufir), we will contact you with a request to complete your publishing agreement with BiblioLabs.
Printing, Binding, and Online Self-Publishing Options
Printing and binding is available from many providers, including:
- GradWorks Online is a service that initially started at Brigham Young University (BYU). It is now open to anyone interested in printing a copy of their thesis or dissertation. Authors can choose from full-color or black-and-white printing options, and there are limited options for customizing the front cover. Pricing varies; contact GradWorks for a quote.
- Glasstree: Glasstree provides a flexible platform for independent academic publishing and can produce printed books in a variety of bindings and paper types. Pricing and services vary; contact Glasstree for a quote.
- Thesis on Demand is a service offered by the HF Group, who provide commercial binding for libraries as well as individualized service. Thesis on Demand allows you to print copies of your thesis or dissertation for personal use. They offer options for printing, paper, and basic cover choices. Thesis on Demand features a quick calculator to estimate cost.
Self-publishing is available from many providers, including:
- Draft2Digital: requires a percentage of royalties instead of a setup fee, and supports broad digital distribution, with beta print distribution through Ingram. For more information, see the FAQ.
- IngramSpark: requires a setup fee for print/ebook and then supports broad digital and print distribution. For more information, see the FAQ and file creation guide.
- Kindle Direct Publishing: has various options and processes, with more information for different workflows.
- Lulu: various formats and options, with more information for creating by type.
ProQuest Traditional Publishing
The ProQuest® Traditional Publishing option makes your work available for sale through ProQuest’s Dissertations Express service and lists it in ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses subscription database. There is no cost to the author for participation. Authors receive 10% royalties on the net revenue of sales of their work, and royalties are paid when accrued earned royalties reach $25. Authors retain the copyright to their work. For more information, please review the full Traditional Publishing Agreement.
ProQuest Open Access Publishing PLUS
ProQuest Open Access Publishing PLUS adds to their Traditional Publishing service by providing public access to your work in PQDT Open, their online repository of open access graduate works. There is a one-time fee of $95 to participate. PQDT Open provides free access to the citation, abstract, and full text (including supplementary files) for graduate works for all institutional subscribers to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT). For more information, review the ProQuest Open Access Publishing PLUS product page.