Structure and formatting specifically for dissertations and theses is not provided by APA, as the disciplines that use this style are quite varied and may require adherence to other, more specific guidelines established by relevant professional associations. Thus, initial guidelines for structure should come from your DNP Handbook. As stated on page 10 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition:
"Students should follow the guidelines and requirements developed by their instructors, departments and/or academic institutions when writing papers, including dissertations and theses; these guidelines and requirements may entail adaptations of or additions to the APA Style guidelines described in the manual. We encourage writers, instructors, departments, and academic institutions using APA Style outside of the journal publication context to adapt APA Style to fit their needs."
ABBREVIATED VERSION OF PROJECT TITLE 1
[Full Project Title: Capitalize Major Words of the Title]
Note: There is no maximum length for titles; however, keep titles focused and relevant
[Student First Name Middle Initial(s) Last Name]
A doctoral scholarly project submitted to the faculty of
Salve Regina University
in partial fulfillment of the requirements
for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice
Newport, Rhode Island
This section, if applicable, would contain author’s ORCID ID number as well as any necessary disclosures or conflict of interest and acknowledgements of grant or other funding
You must submit your dissertation to ProQuest by May 1 for May graduates, August 1 for August graduates, and December 1 for December graduates.
Please note that if you have images in your dissertation that are not in the public domain, you will need to upload permissions documentation along with your dissertation. Please gather these documents (in pdf format) prior to sitting down to submit.
Before you submit you will also need to embed your fonts in Word and convert your dissertation document to an archival format, PDF/A-1b. This process ensures your document will be accessible across operating systems and software through time. If you do not have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro, then the Librarian will need to complete these steps for you. If you have access to the software and would like to convert your document on your own, the instructions are as follows:
1. In Word:
Save As PDF
2. In Adobe Acrobat Pro:
3. Submitting to ProQuest
It is your responsibility to make sure your document is formatted correctly. Library staff cannot help troubleshoot Word, proofread your document, or make edits for you. Remember that your dissertation will be published and formatting gives a new reader a first impression of your scholarship.
If you need your final dissertation document to be converted into an archival pdf for submission or have questions about the information on this page, please contact library director Dawn Emsellem at email@example.com.
For additional support, all Salve students have access to the online tutoring program, Smarthinking, located in your Canvas courses. Log in to Canvas, go to Study Aids, and select the Writer's Handbook. Section 3 provides helpful information on research, writing and documentation.
Chapter 7 of the APA Publication Manual, 7th edition presents detailed guidance on creating tables and figures; it also includes handy checklists (See APA 7.20, 7.35) to ensure all data are presented, formatted, and documented appropriately.
Copyright of Materials Used in Your Dissertation
Increasingly, dissertation writers are using images and media from other sources in their dissertations. Understanding copyright rules is an important competency for scholarly communication in the 21st century. Please note that the usual Fair Use guidelines for using other people’s photographs, artwork, infographics, etc. for educational use – say in a classroom paper or an unpublished PowerPoint presentation – do not apply to dissertations because dissertations are published works.
It is not enough to cite the source of media you did not create; you need to have permission to use anything that is not in the public domain. You are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance for all non-public domain material used in your dissertation. In general, anything created after 1923, including media found on the Internet, is still in copyright. Just because copyright has already been violated elsewhere in the use of an item does not give you permission to violate copyright by putting it in your dissertation; for example, an image may circulate on social media without attribution, but scholarly publications are held to a much higher standard.
If you use materials created by others - for example, images, tables, etc. -- in your dissertation, you will be required to file copyright clearance information with ProQuest which proves you have permission to use those materials.
Copyright of Your Dissertation
As the creator of a work, you automatically own the copyright of your dissertation. Submitting your dissertation to ProQuest does not affect that.
When you publish with ProQuest, you can choose either the Traditional Publishing Agreement or Open Access. The Traditional Publishing Agreement is non-exclusive, which means you can also publish your dissertation elsewhere. Under this agreement, your dissertation will be accessible only to people in the Salve Regina community logged in on the library's website. Users at other institutions will only be able to see your abstract, and can request a copy of the dissertation via interlibrary loan. If they are not affiliated with another institution, they can buy a copy from ProQuest.
Open Access makes your dissertation available to anyone who finds it, whether through ProQuest, a web search, etc. ProQuest charges a $95 fee for this service (subject to change). If you wish to make your dissertation available Open Access, you can do so through Salve Regina's institutional repository, Digital Commons, for free. To do so, select the Traditional Publishing Agreement with ProQuest and then upload your same PDF file here. Your Open Access dissertation will appear in this collection and you will receive reports from Digital Commons about the usage statistics of your work. If you submit your dissertation to Digital Commons for Open Access, you still must submit to ProQuest, and the library recommends Digital Commons submission as the last step. Providing Open Access to your dissertation is not the same as putting it in the public domain, so you are not giving up any of your rights as author, just maximizing your readership.
Through ProQuest, you have the option of asking ProQuest to file for US copyright for your dissertation. There is a fee associated with this, usually $55 (subject to change). You are not required to register for copyright. Regardless of whether you register copyright, you can still publish via the Traditional Publishing Agreement, ProQuest's Open Access, or through Digital Commons.