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cIRle Instructions

Important: This section is only for final, post-defence submission of theses and dissertations.

circle is the UBC Library's Information Repository. You will submit your thesis electronically through the cIRcle website.

Important: Once it has been approved by the College of Graduate Studies and accepted by circle, your thesis cannot be recalledPlease be sure you have thoroughly proofread your thesis before submitting.

For more information about cIRcle, see the cIRcle FAQs.




Go to the UBC Library cIRcle User Registration page.

  1. Enter your email address. Do not use your CWL.
  2. You will be sent an email message referring you to a URL to complete the registration process and set your password. Please do this right away; you may get an 'Invalid token' error message if you delay too long. If that happens, please start the login registration process again from the beginning.
  3. After setting your password, send an email to with your name and email address in the body of the email. Please make sure you use the same email address that you entered in cIRcle.
  4. If the College of Graduate Studies has received your forms, your cIRcle account will be activated and you will receive an email confirming that you can now submit your thesis. Depending on when you submit your forms, this may be done on the same day or the following working day.


  5. Go to the cIRcle Log In page and use your email address and password to sign in to cIRcle.
  6. Under "My Account" in the left sidebar, click on "Submissions".
  7. Click on "Start another submission" or "Start a New Submission".
  8. Add your thesis information in the appropriate boxes and menus. Click the "Next" button when you have finished with each step. Note that you can cancel or save your submission at any time. If you save your incomplete submission, you can log in to continue it at any time.

    Submit to the collection "Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+". Do NOT submit to "GSS Open Scholar Award" collection as theses and dissertations are not eligible for this award.

    Important: If there are special characters (for example, diacritics or symbols) in your title or abstract, you can enter them in cIRcle by following the instructions in Entering Special Characters at the bottom of this page.

  9. Upload your thesis. The file name must be in the following format, all lower case: ubc_gradyear_gradmonth_lastname_firstname.pdf, Example: ubc_2016_september_houdini_harry.pdf  
    Your gradmonth is the month in which your degree will formally be conferred by Senate. It will be either February, May, September, or November. It might not be the same as the month in which you will be attending Congregation (convocation ceremonies), as Congregation is only held in May and November.  Please make sure you use all lower case for your file name. Then click on the "Browse" button and locate the file on your computer. Click "Upload."
  10. Confirm that you have uploaded the correct file
  11. The next page is a check for duplicate files. Click "Next".
  12. Complete the Creative Commons Licence questions. You may wish to review the options on the Creative Commons website before starting your final submission.
  13. Read and approve the UBC cIRcle Licence. Please read the licence carefully.
  14. Once you have made your submission, the final screen will indicate that the submission was successful.
  15. The thesis will be reviewed within two to five business working days and you will be notified by email if any changes need to be made.
  16. After you have made changes, log back in to cIRcle and re-submit your corrected thesis. Important: Please be sure to remove the original file before uploading the corrected file.
  17. It may take up to two to five business days for your thesis to be reviewed. When Graduate Studies has reviewed and approved your thesis, you will receive email notification. Your thesis has not been approved until you receive this email. Electronic theses are reviewed only during regular office hours.

Please note: It is your responsibility to meet all submission requirements. If the thesis does not meet formatting requirements it will not be approved. You will be required to make corrections and re-submit the thesis at a later date. Any delay caused by correcting and re-submitting the thesis is your responsibility, and may cause you to miss important deadlines. You are encouraged to submit your thesis well in advance of deadlines.







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