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Depositing to the DukeSpace Repository

A guide to sharing scholarly works and student theses and dissertations openly at Duke University.


Congratulations; it's time to publish your work! Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) by students in Duke Graduate School programs are submitted and managed via ProQuest. Graduate School policy requires all ETDs be made publicly available in both ProQuest and DukeSpace.


Availability in DukeSpace versus Proquest

Once ETDs receive final approval, they are made available via the ProQuest Dissertation and Theses database. PDFs and data are then uploaded to DukeSpace by the end of the following semester. This means that your ETD will always be available in ProQuest before it is available in DukeSpace. Any embargo release date applied in ProQuest will be the same in DukeSpace. 

For more information on the Graduate School timeline and process for submitting ETDs, visit their Theses and Dissertations guide.



The maximum embargo for any thesis or dissertation is five years. Initial embargoes of six, twelve, or twenty-four months are applied to ETDs during the ProQuest submission process. Duke Graduate School policy mandates that the embargo period must be the same for both ProQuest and DukeSpace.

  • Embargo Extensions | Duke Graduate School - see Duke Graduate School | ETD Availability
    • Requests must be submitted by students with advisor support and sent to Dean John Klingensmith and the Graduate School's Office of Academic Affairs.
    • Provide your full name, the title of your thesis or dissertation, your graduation date, and your e-mail address.
    • If you want an extension, open access to your thesis or dissertation in DukeSpace automatically defaults to a period of five years after your defense. 
    • Embargo extension requests should be initiated six weeks prior to the expiration of the existing embargo period. 
  • Embargo Extensions | Duke Divinity School
    • Email your Divinity School academic dean and program director providing your full name, the title of your thesis or dissertation, your graduation date, and your e-mail address.
    • Once approved, the Divinity School administrator should email with the student’s name, link to the ETD in DukeSpace, and the new embargo release date requested.
    • The maximum embargo length is five years.

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