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If an electronic publication is not possible for copyright or patent-related reasons or due to ongoing applications at research funding institutions, the doctoral student can temporarily be released from the electronic publication obligation upon request. The abstract will be published in any case.

A request for the The temporary non-publication of the full text of a doctoral thesis can be placed requested in the submission process when uploading the electronic file to the Research Collection (cf. Access rights). The doctoral student needs to indicate the reason for the embargo and can choose between an embargo period of 12, 24 or 36 months.

Please not that the embargo requested in the Research Collection is only applicable to the electronic version of the doctoral thesis. Exclusively in the case of embargo applications based on patent applications, a lending restriction of a maximum of twelve months will be imposed on the printed copies.

Publication of cumulative doctoral theses

If you plan to integrate articles that have already been published or that have been accepted by a journal into your doctoral thesis, please read through the information provided on the website of the Doctoral Administration Office in the paragraph "Cumulative doctoral thesis".

Usually, the conditions described on the page Self-archiving apply, e.g. you will need to integrate articles in the version allowed by the publisher (preprint, postprint) into your thesis and you also need to apply the embargo specified by the publisher.

Some publishers have special conditions for reusing content within doctoral theses that are more generous than what is documented in Sherpa/Romeo. Therefore, it might be worth checking the publisher's website for such regulations or asking the publisher directly.



To read up on publishers' policies regarding cumulative doctoral theses go to this page.

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Exchange and/or correction of published thesis

Please note that as soon as you have submitted your PDF and received confirmation of its release, it is no longer possible to change the PDF or its content. Significant changes of content can be submitted and published in the form of an Erratum or Corrigendum.