All Georgia Tech theses and dissertations are available electronically through the Georgia Tech institutional repository, SMARTech. Theses and dissertations published 2004 to the present are openly accessible. Those published prior to 2004 are available to the Georgia Tech community only, unless permission to make them openly available has been given by the author (to grant permission to release your work worldwide, contact the SMARTech Team).
The SMARTech ETD collection also contains dissertations published prior to 2005 from the former Institute of Paper Science and Technology.
Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation:
For full guidelines, see Georgia Tech Graduate Studies & Admissions: Theses & Dissertations
Georgia Tech Policy:
Electronic submission of theses and dissertations has been mandatory since spring 2004. All degree candidates must submit their final work electronically. Georgia Institute of Technology policy states that Doctoral and Master's Theses must be openly published and that Georgia Tech is granted a non-exclusive license to distribute and preserve the materials for educational purposes. Students must submit the SMARTech Repository Agreement form when submitting all theses and dissertations. Upon the request of the student and with the consent of the student's advisor, an ETD can routinely be withheld from circulation for one year.
Research arrangements that would preclude publication for an extended time or permanently for reasons of national security or a sponsor's proprietary interest, however, are not appropriate for dissertations or theses. It is anticipated that all doctoral work and a significant amount of master's research will be published in the open, refereed literature.
By signing the SMARTech deposit license, authors do not give up the copyright to their work and do not give up the right to submit the work to publishers or share it with other repositories or individuals.
If a thesis or dissertation contains third-party materials (quotations, images, graphs, photographs, audio or video files, other excerpts, etc.) for which the author does not hold copyright, the author must represent that he or she has obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant the deposit license to GT and GTRC.
ProQuest Dissertation Abstracts:
GT dissertations can also be searched via the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses @ Georgia Institute of Technology database. Electronic full-text of GT dissertations is available from 1997 to 2012, as well as for some 1950-1997 dissertations.
Doctoral students may elect to submit their dissertations to ProQuest Dissertation Abstracts for processing and distribution. Authors choosing this option may access the ProQuest Dissertation Publishing – Authors site for more information or to obtain the appropriate agreement form. Authors can also reach ProQuest Dissertation Publishing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requesting a Georgia Tech Thesis & Dissertation:
For those not affiliated with Georgia Tech, contact the Information Delivery Department at email@example.com for information on obtaining a copy of a thesis or dissertation that is not openly available in SMARTech.