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NSU Halmos College of Arts & Sciences Thesis and Dissertation Submission Guide: Dissertation

Instructions for NSU HCAS students submitting finished work from their thesis or dissertation for graduation.

NSUWorks Submission Portal

NSUWorks Submission Portal

Submit your final manuscript to NSUWorks here:  

Dissertation Title Page Template

Dissertation Submission Guidelines

Formatting of Paper: ​


  • All margins = 1 inch


  • Times New Roman

  • 12 Point Font


  • 1.5 spaced, except for:

    • Abstract should be single spaced.

    • Figure & Table captions should be single spaced (The caption for a figure appears below the graphic; for a table, above). Whenever possible, please do not have your figures/tables and captions split across pages.

    • References should be single spaced with a space between each entry. 

Citation and Writing Style

Paper order

The order of your paper should be: 

• Title page

• Approval page (generated by NSUWorks)

• Abstract *

• Acknowledgments 

• Preface (optional) 

• Table of Contents - (detailed; this serves as the outline and section headers as well) 

• List of Figures and/or List of Tables (optional)

• Body of Thesis 

       1. Introduction 

       2. Statement of Purpose or Objectives 

       3. Methods and Materials 

       4. Results 

       5. Discussion 

       6. Summary and Conclusions 

       7. References 

       8. Appendices (optional) 


*The thesis must include an abstract as well as keywords for literature searches. 

Title Page Create a title page that follows the format shown in the template available on left hand side of this page.  The author name, title, and degree used on your title page should match what you enter on the submission form.
Abstract Your Abstract should be single spaces, not indented. Include keywords after your abstract on the same page. Keywords should be important terms not included in your title.

Use Roman Numerals (i, ii, iii, iv...) for page numbers for your introductory content (Abstract through Table of Contents/List of Figures/List of Tables) and Arabic Numerals (1,2,3,4) starting on the page with your Introduction.  

See MS Word Tips and Tricks for help with page numbers.

Table of Contents

Do not include Introductory content appearing before the Table of Contents in your Table of Contents.

Only include items appearing after the Table of Contents (List of Figures, List of Tables, etc.) 

For more information on creating a Table of Contents, see MS Word Tips and Tricks.

PhD students must also publish their dissertations in ProQuest ETD in addition to NSUWorks.  See below for assistance in submitting your dissertation to ProQuest ETD.


ProQuest ETD Actions:


*Please be sure NOT to select the option for 3rd-Party selling - this means your work could be sold to a 3rd-Party vendor without your knowledge!


Recommended selections:

  • Select Type of Publishing = Traditional Publishing


  • Select Publishing Options = YES to "I want major search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo) to discover my work through ProQuest."


  • Access Options =  YES.  Only Select NO if you have patents pending, or another reason why you need to delay access to the full text of your work, such as a paper in press or a grant requirement. 


  • Accept the Traditional Publishing Agreement


  • Access options for NSU’s Institutional Repository (IR) Publishing Options = select the same option as you did for access options above (open access immediately, or embargoes for designated time periods if required).  This will automatically upload your dissertation for you into NSU’s Institutional Repository, NSU Works.


  • Please review the NSU Theses and Dissertations Agreement for rights and permissions for electronic thesis, dissertation, or capstone project placement on NSU’s Institutional Repository, NSU Works.  Check off the box that you have read, understand and agree to this University Agreement, then save & continue.  


  • Contact Information = You do not need to use your NSU email - select an email that you regularly use and will continue to use in the future.  Your NSU ID is required in the Institutional Student ID.  


  • Double check your entries into the Dissertation/Thesis Details boxes!
    • For Your Degree/Department Information, select the following:
      • Degree Awarded = Doctor of Philosophy
      • Department = Marine Biology/Oceanography
    •  Include your keywords!


  • Upload your PDF = We recommend you scan and add your SIGNED signature page to your file.  If you need assistance with this, please let us know.


  • Supplemental Files (Optional) = this can be pictures, raw data, etc. - anything that supports your dissertation that you would like to include.


  • Register U.S. Copyright = This is optional, but you can have ProQuest (for a fee) get you a copyright for your work.


  • Order Copies = You do NOT need to order your print copies through this system. You can use this option in the future by logging back in at a later date to request a printed copy if you need additional ones or if you misplace your copy.  For now, click on  Decline - do not order. 


  • Verify your submission and submit!


  • The submission will then come to an NSU OC Librarian for review and approval.  They will contact you if there are any issues that need to be addressed. 



Search for past NSU OC Dissertations by title, author, and year.

Oceanography and Biological Sciences Doctoral Dissertations in NSUWorks (Electronic)

Oceanography Master Theses and Doctoral Dissertations in NovaCat (Print)




If you would like to request a digital copy of a document, please fill out the online form below, or email the Oceanographic Campus Library at