PhD theses: what should doctoral candidates take into account when publishing their thesis?

The German Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education (Kultusministerkonferenz) passed a resolution in 1997 which introduced the option of meeting the obligation to publish a PhD thesis by publishing it online. The extent to which this is possible at individual universities and faculties depends on the PhD regulations in each case. Electronic publishing of a thesis is generally carried out by the university library, which typically runs its own publication server and stipulates required formats etc. Online publication of a thesis through a university library generally implies open access publishing. Publication of the thesis is based on a publication agreement. 

Information for doctoral candidates at the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne

ZB MED publishes and archives electronic theses from the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne on its publication server. These theses are also referenced in the library catalogue. 


Important note: The information and links provided here do not represent any form of binding legal advice. They are solely intended to provide an initial basis to help get you on the right track. ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences has carefully checked the information included in the list of FAQs. However, we are unable to accept any liability whatsoever for any errors it may contain. Unless indicated otherwise, any statements concerning individual statutory norms or regulations refer to German law (FAQ updated 11/2017).


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