York University moves to Electronic Thesis and Dissertation submission

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and York University Libraries are pleased to announce that beginning September 30, 2013, graduate students will be able to submit the final approved copies of their thesis or dissertation electronically using the new Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) platform.

The ETD platform is the culmination of lengthy collaborative work undertaken by a Task Force formed in 2001, originally comprising members from York University Libraries (YUL), the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), and University Information Technology (UIT).  The ETD draws on the capacity of YorkSpace, York University’s institutional repository of research, to accept, store and disseminate scholarly output. Across Canada, universities have been developing electronic thesis and dissertation processes to streamline and improve processes and in order to continue participating in the Theses Canada program of Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

York University’s new ETD platform has been tested with the help of student volunteers, and effective September 30, it will be available as an option while we phase out the existing hard copy (paper) submission process. Beginning in January, 2014, paper submission will be fully replaced by electronic submission.

The new ETD will allow students to submit their thesis or dissertation from any computer with an internet connection. Depositing York’s theses and dissertations in YorkSpace instantly makes our research outputs discoverable to scholars and researchers worldwide.

Students who are planning to submit their thesis or dissertation to FGS after September 30 and who wish to use the new electronic submission should simply email a Thesis Coordinator at gsthesis@yorku.ca and an ETD record will be created and sent to the student to complete (following the successful oral examination). Step by step instructions on using the ETD will be available shortly on the FGS website. Information sessions for students are being planned for the Fall and will be announced here.

We are very excited about York theses and dissertations entering into the digital realm and look forward to the wider dissemination of graduate student research and scholarship.