Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) that appear on eScholarship are managed locally at each UC campus. For assistance with a thesis or dissertation in eScholarship, please message your campus’s lision listed in Who can I contact for help with theses & dissertations?


Below are some frequently asked questions about electronic theses and dissertations in eScholarships.

  1. How do theses and dissertations get deposited in eScholarship?
  2. Who do I contact for help depositing or updating my thesis or dissertation?
  3. How do I update the title, abstract, and/or PDF of my thesis or dissertation?
  4. How do I extend the embargo on my thesis or dissertation?
  5. How do I remove my thesis or dissertation from eScholarship?
  6. What ETD-specific metadata can I read in eScholarship?

How do ETDs get deposited in eScholarship?

eScholarship is the final point in the ETD workflow. In general, after you submit your ETD to ProQuest as instructed by your campus, your ETD is deposited to Merritt, the open-source digital preservation repository maintained by the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL). The ETD then flows to eScholarship from Merritt within 24 hours. The Merritt-eScholarship updater currently is scheduled to run every morning at approximately 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

To learn more about submitting your ETD to Proquest, check your campus’s Graduate Division. (For example, "Publishing Your Dissertation" in the UC Berkeley Graduate Division Dissertation Writing and Filing Guide.)

Who do I contact for help depositing or updating my thesis or dissertation?

The eScholarship (and Merritt) team cannot make updates without direction from your campus. Please contact your campus liaison listed in the Helpdesk article: Who can I contact for help with theses & dissertations?

How do I update the title, abstract, and/or PDF of my thesis or dissertation?

The eScholarship (and Merritt) team cannot make updates without direction from your campus. First contact your campus’s listed liaison. They will contact ProQuest to update the required details, and the eScholarship and Merritt teams will watch for the change to come from ProQuest and apply accordingly.

How do I extend the embargo on my thesis or dissertation?

The eScholarship (and Merritt) team cannot make updates without direction from your campus. First contact your campus’s listed liaison. They will contact ProQuest to extend the embargo, and the eScholarship and Merritt teams will watch for the change to come from ProQuest and apply accordingly.

How do I remove my thesis or dissertation from eScholarship?

The eScholarship (and Merritt) team cannot make updates without direction from your campus. First contact your campus’s listed liaison. Upon their instruction, the eScholarship and Merritt teams will withdraw the ETD from both eScholarship and Merritt.

What ETD-specific metadata can I read in eScholarship?

The only ETD-specific metadata in an eScholarship ETD is the author, advisor(s), campus, abstract, ETD-specific identifiers (e.g. ProQuest ID), and the date of publication. In the eScholarship API, advisors are listed as “contributors”.