Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Humboldt theses and projects

Who Can Submit

Only theses and projects authored by Cal Poly Humboldt graduate students will be accepted and published. For additional information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or the Scholarly Communications Office at

Preparing to Submit

All information regarding the format and accessibility requirements can be found at the Graduate Studies website. Using the templates provided there and using the Graduate Student Handbook will help to make sure that the thesis/project will be be approved by Scholarly Communications office.

For a courtesy format review, the student will submit a draft of the thesis/project no later than two weeks prior to the final submission deadline to the Scholarly Communications Office at The student will receive comments on any format changes that need to be made in the form of track changes on Microsoft Word.

Review Process

The student submits the initial drafts of their thesis for review by their committee members, who review the drafts and make corrections and recommendations. The student corrects errors and incorporates suggested changes to the thesis or meets with their advisor/committee chair to discuss why suggested changes should not be made. The Graduate Coordinator of the student's program should be notified at the same time as the rest of the students' committee to have the opportunity to review the thesis/project.

When the thesis/project is finalized, the student will submit it in Digital Commons @ Cal Poly Humboldt. Within one business day after submission, the committee chair, committee members, and graduate coordinator will be notified via email with a link to review your thesis or project. The student will receive an email confirmation when the committee chair, committee members, and graduate coordinator have all signed off on the thesis/project. For inquiries about who has registered a decision on the thesis or project, contact the Scholarly Communications Office at cfr@humboldt.ed or (707) 826-5602.

The Approval Process

Upon approval from all of the committee chair. committee members, and graduate coordinator, the Scholarly Communications Office will conduct the format review, and either accept the thesis/project or request revisions. After approval from the Scholarly Communications Office, and pending approval of your degree check by the Office of the Registrar and the internal verification from Graduate Studies, the thesis/project will be published.

Rights and Permissions

Before submitting a paper to the repository, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared. You retain the copyright to your paper and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere.