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Publishing your doctoral thesis from the University of Bonn

If you are a doctoral student at the University of Bonn looking to get your doctoral thesis published, these web pages will tell you all you need to know.

We, the dissertations department of the USL, will assist you through the publication process. You can submit printed obligatory copies to us and publish your thesis online on the publication server bonndoc. We will be happy to advise you and, for example, check the PDF file of your doctoral thesis in respect of all the formal publication requirements before you finalize your obligatory copies. This will let you avoid potential problems before they occur.

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This website gives you a general overview of your options for publishing a doctoral thesis at the University of Bonn.

However, the formal regulations and the number of printed copies that you will need to submit (“obligatory copies”) will vary from faculty to faculty. You should therefore always ask your doctoral/dean’s office about the specific requirements for your doctoral examination procedure as well.

Publication options

Getting your doctoral thesis published is an essential and integral part of the doctoral examination procedure. In consultation with your doctoral supervisor, you can choose from a range of options for publishing your doctoral thesis and thus making it available to researchers at large:

You can publish your doctoral thesis for free on our bonndoc publication server. This will make your work available all over the world, where it will be easy for other researchers to find and cite. 

You can use a commercial publisher to publish your doctoral thesis as a book via the book trade.

We at the USL Bonn will not be directly involved if you are using a publisher, but are happy to help if you have any questions.

This option involves getting copies printed yourself (from a printer’s or copy shop). You then submit these copies to us, and we distribute them to the German National Library and other universities in Germany and abroad.

N.B.: this option is no longer offered for doctorates in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences that are subject to the new doctoral degree regulations dated February 17, 2022.

A cumulative doctoral thesis is made up of individual (journal) articles that you have already published or submitted for publication.

Nevertheless, the doctoral thesis as a whole will still need to be published after the doctoral examination procedure is complete. As the publishers may hold relevant rights, however, you will need to check your rights of use beforehand or, in certain cases, may remove the articles before publication. As a basic principle, you have the same publication options as for monograph doctoral theses:

  • Publishing online on our bonndoc publication server
  • Using a publisher (this is fairly rare for cumulative doctoral theses)
  • Publishing copies you have had printed yourself
    N.B.: publishing copies you have had printed yourself is no longer an option for doctorates in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences that are subject to the new doctoral degree regulations dated February 17, 2022.

As well as doctoral theses, we are also happy to publish habilitation theses (postdoctoral theses) from the University of Bonn on bonndoc and receive printed copies of such theses.

Guides, FAQs and tips

You can publish your doctoral thesis as soon as you have completed your oral examination and been granted permission to print. Even while you are still writing your thesis, however, it is a good idea to start thinking about its upcoming publication.

The following web pages contain step-by-step guides and many more useful tips on all the various publication methods.

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© Thomas Häpp / ULB Bonn

Publishing online on bonndoc 

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© Thomas Häpp / ULB Bonn

Using a publisher

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© Thomas Häpp / ULB Bonn

Publishing copies you have had printed yourself

Icon Cumulative doctoral theses: a special case
© Thomas Häpp / ULB Bonn

Cumulative doctoral theses: a special case

Icon: Habilitation theses: another special case
© Thomas Häpp / ULB Bonn

Habilitation theses: another special case

660

doctoral theses received in 2021

410

of them online on bonndoc

6,700+

theses online on bonndoc since 1999


Contact

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.

Contact

Elena Dyck
Jaakko Kneissl

dissonline@uni-bonn.de
+49 228 73-9533

Address

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

Personal appointments only by prior arrangement

See also

Research Data Service Center

This tells you everything you need to know about organizing, publishing and archiving the research data that you have accumulated during your doctorate.

Open Access Service Center

Here you can find more details about open-access scientific publishing.

Open Access Service Center (only available in German)

ORCID iD

Create an ORCID iD for free so that all your scientific publications can be associated with you and nobody else, even if you change your surname, for instance.

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