eTheses must be submitted in PDF/A format.
PDF/A documents are PDFs that follow a new standard for archiving electronic documents. They are self-contained for long-term reproducibility. The practical difference between creating a PDF and a PDF/A document is that the conversion settings should be “PDF/A-1b:2005 (CMYK)” or “PDF/A-1b:2005 (RGB)”. Also, all fonts must be embedded in the document and no additional security features are allowed.
PDF/A is suggested as a preferred format for page-oriented textual (or primarily textual) documents when layout and visual characteristics are more significant than logical structure. Note that, for PDFs based on page images digitized by scanning, the source images are considered the master format if available and PDFs created from those images may be optimized for access convenience.