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Publishing a habilitation thesis

Most habilitation theses (postdoctoral theses) are not subject to a publishing obligation, meaning that you will not need to submit printed copies to us or publish your work online on our bonndoc publication server.

However, the Faculty of Medicine does require habilitation theses to be published: in this case, you will have to provide us with two printed copies or publish your work online on bonndoc.

For all other faculties, we are also happy to publish habilitation theses online on bonndoc or accept printed copies on request.

Icon: publishing a habilitation-thesis
© Thomas Häpp / ULB Bonn

Useful tips

Publishing online on bonndoc

We can publish your habilitation thesis from the University of Bonn online for free on bonndoc, the University’s publication server.

The procedure is similar to that set out in our guide for publishing doctoral theses online, with the following differences:

  • You do not need permission from your faculty.
  • If necessary, update the year of publication on the title page in your PDF and add the date of your habilitation on page two.
  • When you are registering via our online form (step 3), please select “Habilitation” when you get to “Art d. Hochschulschrift” (“Type of thesis”).
  • You do not need to submit any printed copies (please skip step 4 and 5 of the guide).
  • Please note the relevant points of our information on cumulative doctoral theses if your habilitation thesis includes publications (in journals).

Submission of printed copies

There are two ways to let us have your copies. We usually collect copies that have been deposited three times a week and, in the case of the Faculty of Medicine, send confirmation of receipt to the dean’s office directly (If we have your e-mail address, we will send you a copy).

  1. By post to the following address (at the sender’s own risk):

    Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Bonn
    Abteilungsbibliothek MNL
    - Hochschulschriftenstelle -
    Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 4
    53115 Bonn

    Please consider the customs requirements when mailing anything from a non-EU country. Shipments seized by German customs will be returned to sender.
  2. Handover in person at the loan desk in the MNL Branch Library during service hours for borrowing and returning items. You don't need an appointment.


Dissertations department

We receive all the doctoral theses written at the University of Bonn, publish theses online on our bonndoc server and help doctoral students through the publication process. Availability: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.


MNL Branch Library
Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 4
53115 Bonn
2nd floor, room 2.013

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