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Writing your doctoral thesis

For information on  formal aspects of your doctoral thesis including a template for the thesis title page please consult the website of the Doctoral Administration Office.

Publication requirement

Based on the 2008 Ordinance on Doctoral Studies (Version: 1 November 2013, Art. 34) and the 2013 Implementation Provisions (Sect. 12) and in keeping with ETH Zurich’s Open-Access Policy, doctoral students are obliged to upload the corresponding electronic file of the approved doctoral thesis onto ETH Library’s institutional repository, i.e. that means publishing it via the Research Collection.

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

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.

If you have published with a publisher that completely prohibits re-publishing content within a doctoral thesis, you might be able to buy this usage right from the publisher.

nethz login expired?

If you no longer have a nethz account to submit your doctoral thesis, please contact us to receive a guest account.

Exchange 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.

Open acccess dissertations & publishers' prior publiation policies

Many adademic publishers nowaday accept articles for publication, even if they have already been published online as part of an open access dissertation. Similar to how preprints are treated, online disssertations often also do not count as "prior publication" according to many publihers's policies.

See also: Discussion document on best practice for issues around theses publishing (by the Commitee on Publication Ethis)

Printed deposit copies

Please go to the page Deposit copies for information on how to submit your print copies.

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