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Doctoral thesis

The Hochschulschriften- und Tauschstelle (Thesis department) of the University Library collects all theses of Siegen University because of its duty of publication and certifies a notice of receipt, which is necessary for recieving the Ph.D. certificate. 

The library conforms with the respective regularities for graduation of the faculties, which are based on the Empfehlungen der Kultusministerkonferenz, which allow the disposal in electronic form since October,30 1997 and on the “Erlass des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft und Forschung” from June, 4 1998.

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Please note

  • Theses can only be published after the passed oral examination and the existence of the imprimatur.
  • For a cumulative thesis the author has to check with every publisher if an additional publication is allowed.
  • Because of the protection of data privacy personal data like date and place of birth or the curriculum vitae should not be included in the electronic version.
  • Additionally to the electronic version you normally have to hand in printed copies of your thesis. The exact number of copies is determined in the doctoral regulations. The versions have to be identical regarding the pagination (citeability).
  • Generate the required printed copies with the pdf file. Thereby you avoid differences in formatting between the printed and the electronic version (no discrepancies in line breaks and pagination), so that the citeability of both documents in guaranteed.
  • For permanent archiving the printed copies have to be printed on aging resistant, wood-free and acid-free paper. Please apply the notation „gedruckt auf alterungsbeständigem holz- und säurefreiem Papier“ (=printed on aging resistant, wood-free and acid-free paper) on the verso of the title-page. 
  • Because of matters of durability we cannot accept following bindings as permantly durable: ring binder and all bindings that are made by using metal or synthetic material.
  • When handing in the thesis the author have to assure that the passing for press is allowed by the examination board and that the electronic version is identical regarding form and content to the approved original version.
  • The publication can be postponed on request if there is a patent application for it. After checking the registered meta data and the transfered files you will get the notice of receipt previous to the publication.

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Checklist for disposal


1 electronic version in PDF format

Please note that all fonts must be embedded in the PDF (please check 'properties' and adjust if necessary) and do not use any Type3 fonts.

The submission takes place via the registration form of OPUS Siegen.

Printed documents

  • Please refer to your doctoral regulations for the number of printed copies you have to hand in. IMPORTANT: Printing from the submitted pdf file guarantees identical formatting of printed and electronic version!

Please remember to sign and hand in your documents at the 'Hochschulschriften- und Tauschstelle'.

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