Tips for Reducing Manuscript Processing Time
The Graduate School has purchased a Grammarly Premium subscription for graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Utah.
In January and February, an invitation from Grammarly was sent to eligible students’ Umail accounts with the sign-in process.
The purchase of Grammarly Premium is meant to assist students’ writing throughout their graduate research careers. Premium benefits include
- grammar and sentence structure correction
- suggestions for clarity and readability
- plagiarism and citation checks
- individualized writing feedback
Please use Grammarly on your Thesis or Dissertation prior to submitting it to the Thesis Office for review. Using Grammarly can speed up the approval of your manuscript and make the Thesis Release process smoother and more efficient.
I didn’t get the email from Grammarly. What do I do?
If you are having your Umail forwarded to another email application, your Grammarly subscription may be flagged as spam. Because of this, the best way to access your Grammarly account is through your Umail account–the account that ends in “utah.edu.” Every student has a Umail account, which can be accessed at http://cis.utah.edu. Official University information comes to this account, so it is important to check it regularly if you are not already doing so.
If your Grammarly activation is not in your Umail account, speak to your department advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
A Handbook for Theses and Dissertations contains information on The Graduate School’s policies and procedures for preparing a thesis or dissertation, having it reviewed by the Thesis Editor, and uploading it as a PDF for electronic publication, which is the final requirement for graduation. The Handbook includes an explanation of the University of Utah format, examples of pages and forms, and a discussion of copyright issues.
A comprehensive list of department-approved style guides can be found here.
The Graduate School maintains a list of frequently asked questions. This list is also available on the ProQuest website.
Submission of a manuscript during a semester does not guarantee graduation in that semester. Factors that can result in not graduating include the following:
- Unavailability of the student to participate in the ongoing editing process
- Major formatting errors (see the Handbook)
- Major problems with grammar, spelling, etc.
- Manuscripts that have not been approved by the supervisory committee and department chair
Manuscripts submitted on the deadline but that have any of these problems will not be considered for that semester.
Please take these factors into account when planning defense and graduation dates.
The entire editing process can take 2 or more months to complete, so the earlier a manuscript is submitted, the better the student’s chance of graduating in the desired semester.
However, students wishing to be considered for graduation in a specific semester must meet the dates in this calendar.
|Semester of Graduation||Deadline for Preliminary Review of format (before defense)||Deadline for submissions over 200 pages (after defense)||Deadline for submissions under 200 pages (after defense)|
|Spring 2019||February 15, Friday||March 8, Friday||March 15, Friday|
|Summer 2019||May 31, Friday||June 7, Friday||June 14, Friday|
|Fall 2019||October 4, Friday||October 18, Friday||October 25, Friday|