Dissertations

Pursuant to the Doctoral Regulations of the faculties, publishing a dissertation is a prerequisite for the conferral of a doctorate degree. The University Library is happy to provide advice and support around the publication of your dissertation.

The Doctoral Regulations prescribe exactly which prerequisites have to be met (number of mandatory copies etc).

Online publication of dissertations

All faculties give you the opportunity to publish your dissertation on OPUS, the publications server of the university, thus making your work available worldwide for free. It will be accessible and archived permanently thanks to our cooperation with the German National Library. Your dissertation will be listed in library catalogues, databases, and search machines and can be found and cited with a permanent URN.

Online publication of publication-based dissertations (thesis by publication)

Publication-based dissertations (also known as thesis by publication) normally consist of several academic articles, contributions to academic collections and other elements that at the time of submission to the library can have the following types of status:

  • Published.
  • Submitted and accepted, but not yet published.
  • Submitted though not yet accepted.
  • Neither submitted nor previously published (these may include parts of introductory texts or research progress reports).

Different legal obligations apply to these publications and relate to possible first or subsequent publication of the complete text of articles included in the dissertation.

In order to publish a dissertation, the university library requires the signing of a publishing agreement(85.7 KB), in which you declare:

The doctoral candidate hereby declares that no third party rights have been infringed upon by publishing this document and all texts and illustrations it contains. He/she retains the copyright and usage rights on this work. No rights have been found to have been violated.

Please observe the copyright laws of all third parties and obtain the necessary usage rights for publishing well in advance, especially in cases of co-authorship.

Co-authorship

In many cases there are co-authors involved in writing academic articles. According to copyright laws, these must consent to any publication. We therefore recommend obtaining written consent from all parties contributing to the article for your dissertation (email is sufficient).

Model formulation for co-authors’ written consent (in German)(12.5 KB)

Publishers/republication

For academic articles that have already been published or accepted, you must observe the copyrights of the journal publisher and/or conference organizer. In most cases, these conflict with the declaration included in the publishing agreement (third party rights).
In order to be allowed to include an entire academic article into your dissertation, you must possess rights of republication. Information on republication rights can often be found on the journal’s homepage or be obtained via correspondence with the publisher. Republication rights can also be obtained from the publisher retroactively.

Model formulation for republication request (in German)(13.1 KB)

Many publishers allow for secondary use in dissertations, but this can involve versions with restrictions or a blocking period. As a starting point, you can use the SherpaRomeo List to see if the (secondary) publication is permitted. Publishing contracts and copyright agreements of the publisher or the event organizer are legally binding.

According to the doctoral degree regulations, candidates are required to provide a certain number of printed copies along with the electronic version of their dissertation. Publication-based dissertations are published electronically in OPUS.

You can register your work in OPUS by clicking the ”publish” button in the Menu. Printed dissertations are sent to the offices of the faculty dean and the University Library, and the signed publishing agreement is handled by the University Library’s publishing department.

More information on electronic publishing in OPUS

Please direct any questions you may have about publishing a dissertation online to Ms Ziegler or Mr Motschmann.

In order to publish a dissertation, the university library requires the signing of a publishing agreement(85.7 KB), in which you declare:

The doctoral candidate hereby declares that no third party rights have been infringed upon by publishing this document and all texts and illustrations it contains. He/she retains the copyright and usage rights on this work. No rights have been found to have been violated.

Please observe the copyright laws of all third parties and obtain the necessary usage rights for publishing well in advance.

The form must be approved by the academic advisor and the doctoral committee.

Submitted copies should be labelled as dissertations and should indicate the location where they were completed. Additionally, the names of all reviewers and the day of the oral examination should be included.

According to the doctoral degree regulations, candidates are required to provide a certain number of printed copies along with the electronic version of their dissertation. Publication-based dissertations are published electronically in OPUS.

You can register your work in OPUS by clicking the ”publish” button in the Menu. Printed dissertations are sent to the offices of the faculty dean and the University Library, and the signed publishing agreement is handled by the University Library’s publishing department.

More information on electronic publishing in OPUS

Please direct any questions you may have about publishing a dissertation online to Ms Ziegler or Mr Motschmann.

Publishing with the University of Bamberg Press (UBP)

If you wish to publish a print copy of your dissertation in addition to the online version, the University's publisher, the UBP, is a good choice. All publications of the University of Bamberg Press are freely accessible online via the OPUS publications server.

Advantages for you:

  • Print copies are published by the same publisher. Your publication gets an ISBN and can be ordered through regular book stores;
  • Publisher's service: layout and ISBN support, listing in catalogues and databases, long-term archiving, distribution of print copies;
  • Global accessibility of your publication thanks to parallel online publication
  • Cost-effective publication compared to other publishers

Detailed information about the UBP publications processus

Further options

You may also publish your dissertation with another publisher or - depending on the Doctoral Regulations - fulfil your publication obligation by submitting print copies at the University Library.

Are you unsure which publisher to choose? Do you need support in evaluating an offer? Please don't hesitate to ask your subject matter expert.