What is Thesis On Demand?
Thesis On Demand is an online service dedicated to printing and binding theses and dissertations.
What things should I be aware of when preparing my PDF?
There are a couple of things to be aware of when creating your PDF for upload to our system – they are:
- Make sure your fonts are embedded – this is an option available in most PDF-producing programs
- Make sure images that are embedded in your document are the highest quality you can get
- Make sure you have permission to use any images contained within your thesis or dissertaion
What information will be on the cover and spine?
The front cover will show the full title of the thesis/dissertation and the author’s full name. The spine will have of the author’s last name and the year the thesis/dissertation was written.
Can I have my title and degree added to the spine?
Yes, but you have to specify this when placing your order. If your title is too long to fit the spine it will be truncated. There is no extra charge to choose this option.
What are my paper options?
Our standard product is produced using archival 8 ½” x 11” White Vellum 60# paper that meets or exceeds all specifications in the ANSI/NISO standard for paper permanence (see ANSI/NISO Z39.48 -1992(R2002) Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives). However, you can choose to have your thesis printed on Vanilla Vellum 60# archival paper.
Can I have my thesis printed on cotton paper?
Yes, you must specify this option when placing your order. Cotton paper provides a nice texture for the paper, but it is not as permanent than our standard archival paper. There is a small charge for a cotton paper option.
Can I have my thesis printed double-sided?
Yes, double-sided printing is available, you must make sure that your file is formatted for double-sided printing. We cannot modify your file if it is not formatted correctly. You must specify this option when placing your order. If printing double sided and you are sending in signature pages for us to add to your thesis, you MUST make sure to format your thesis correctly so that we can insert the signature pages or replace the unsigned copy if needed. This may mean you insert blank pages when creating your file.
Can I use my original signed signature pages?
Yes, you must print a completed order page and send that, along with your signature pages, to the address shown on the page. This may delay the delivery time because we cannot print or bind your volumes until the signature pages are received. There is a small charge for signature pages. Also make sure that if you are having your thesis printed double sided, to make sure your thesis is properly formatted (as described under double sided printing) to allow the signature pages to be inserted, and if needed, a single sided page to be removed. There will be additional charges if a file is not formatted properly to add signature pages, and we have to format and/or reprint any part of the file, or if thesis needs to be returned to us for repair or reprint because the file was not formatted correctly. If there is no blank signature page in your file to replace and if you have not given instructions on where your signature pages should be placed, we will add the signature pages in front of all other pages.
What are my cover color options?
Our covers are made using Group F buckram, which is available in 15 different colors and are available for viewing when placing your order.
My thesis has a couple of foldouts in it. Do you have the capabilities to work with these?
Yes. Thesis On Demand is a branch of our Preservation Photocopy department and we do this kind of work frequently. You simply note the pages that need to be treated as foldouts when placing your order. There is a small charge for foldouts.
What if I have pocket material or I want to place a CD in my thesis-can you do this too?
Yes, we can provide pockets for extra materials and CDs. This is an option you must specify during your order. There is a small charge for pocket material.
We make a paper pocket and place it on the inside of the back cover for extra materials. For CDs or DVDs we mount a plastic case on the inside of the back cover. If both a paper pocket and a CD case are needed we will place the pocket on the inside of the back cover and the CD case on the inside of the front cover.
When should I expect my bound theses or dissertations?
You should expect your bound product to ship within two weeks(not including holidays) from the order date, or from the date on which we receive your signature pages if you have selected that option.
Is there a rush service on this product?
Yes, rush service is available. If you select rush service your bound product should ship in approximately one week from the order date, or from the date on which we receive your signature pages if you have selected that option.
I have only one color page. Can I print that out myself and send it to you?
No. Our automated production process, which allows us to offer reasonable prices, makes it impossible to handle individual pages within the textblock.
I want to send my thesis/dissertation to several different people. Will you ship to multiple addresses?
We are not able to send products from a single order to multiple addresses. If you do not want to ship them yourself, you can place separate orders for each address.
Can I have my order shipped to a foreign address?
No, we are not able to ship orders to PO addresses outside the United States.
Can changes be made to my order after I have submitted order?
Any changes to an order after the order has been submitted may result in additional charges.