Presenting Your Work

GSAS Policies for Formatting Your Dissertation
Everything you need to know to prepare your work to qualify for your diploma: from language, length, and pagination, to the insertion of images and tables and the writing of your abstract.

Publishing Your Work

Whether you are publishing articles, your dissertation, or other scholarly work, be sure to avail yourself of the following resources.


Campus Resources

  • Create your profile on OpenScholar@Harvard and distinguish yourself with an ORCID, a persistent digital identifier that you own and control, which you may connect with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more.
  • Check out the Presenting and Publishing Modules in Unabridged On Demand.
  • Harvard Library's Open Scholarship and Research Data Services (OSRDS) provides training on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) for graduate students. They also can help you negotiate contracts with publishers, assist with publishing in fee-based open-access journals, and avoid plagiarism. To support the publication of your work as a member of the Harvard community, OSRDS runs the following programs:
    • DASH, Harvard's open-access repository
    • Harvard Open Journals Program (more information forthcoming in June 2024)

Copyright and Fair Use

Whether you are about to sign a publication contract or are incorporating work by others that goes beyond quoting, you may benefit by understanding fair use, your copyrights as an author, and when and how to seek copyright permissions.

Below are some informational resources to get you started: