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PhD thesis and defence

Handing in your PhD thesis and additional information

In relation to the submission of your PhD thesis, please note the following matters:

The PhD thesis

You must send your PhD thesis to the GSNS as a PDF file. We will distribute the PDF to the members of the assessment committee, supervisors, department etc. Please contact the PhD partner responsible for your programme.

Co-author statements

If any of the articles included in the PhD thesis were written in cooperation with others, please include co-author statements.

The co-author statements must be returned to the GSNS as one assembled pdf file at the same time as the PhD thesis is handed in. Please note that the PhD thesis will only formally be considered as handed in when the GSNS has received all co-author statements along with the PhD thesis.

Please use the templates for co-author statements in the menu to the right.

Permission for lending

Fill in a permission for lending and hand it in to the GSNS at the same time as you submit your PhD thesis.

Please use the form available in the menu to the right.

PURE registration

Make sure that your articles and your PhD thesis are registered in PURE.

PhD summary and photo

Please send both a Danish and English version of your project description along with a photo of you by e-mail to the GSNS no later than two weeks after handing in your PhD thesis. These will be used when the GSNS announces the PhD defence. For non-Danish speaking students, we hope that the main supervisor will be of assistance in connection with preparing your Danish description.

Read more about how to write the project description and find templates here.

Additional information

Screening of PhD theses

To ensure that all published scientific work from the Faculty adheres to the international standards for research integrity, including proper citation and quotation praxis, all PhD theses submitted to the GSNS are screened for text copying/plagiarism. The GSNS applies software which has been developed and is in use for that purpose at leading universities around the world.

Should potential problems occur during the screening of a PhD thesis, the PhD student will be notified. If no notification has been received within three weeks after submission, the screening has not resulted in comments or questions.

Click here to read more about responsible conduct of research (incl. plagiarism).

Note the following:

  • Your own contributions to the work, including your role in writing manuscripts or papers included in the PhD thesis, must be clearly stated in the thesis (see Rules and Regulations, Sec. 11.1 for further information and guidelines on the thesis format).
  • Results, data, figures, and ideas taken from other sources should always be indicated by detailed references to the original source, even if you are the author yourself.
  • Text copied (or paraphrased) from other sources should be clearly marked, and the original source indicated. This includes text copied (or paraphrased) from your own previous work. For smaller excerpts, give explicit references where the re-used text appears.
  • When re-using larger sections (e.g. if a published or submitted single-author paper is incorporated directly as a thesis chapter, or a multi-author paper you have co-authored is included within a chapter rather than appended to the thesis, perhaps with some re-phrasing to fit into a coherent thesis set-up) indicate this explicitly with a reference to the source at the beginning of the re-used material, and/or in the thesis introduction, i.e. it is not enough to state that Chapter X is based on Paper Y. Instead, it must be stated more explicitly, for example, that the chapter is identical to the paper except for page layout, or that specific sections have been added or removed.
  • Re-use of text or illustrations from a qualifying examination progress report is permitted, but this must be stated explicitly in the introductory sections. Re-use of material from a Master’s thesis written before entering PhD studies does not count as “new results” towards obtaining the PhD degree, but you may quote a Master’s thesis in the same way you would quote any other reference.

Online publishing through E-books platform

If you are interested in publishing your PhD thesis or other material, the Royal Danish Library in Aarhus offers an online publication service through their E-books platform. This service will enable you to provide Open Access to your research and still maintain author’s rights for your PhD thesis.

The content is visible in catalogues world-wide, including library.au.dk. The service is free. Backup of the material is provided, and online help is available.

For more information, please have a look here: http://ebooks.au.dk/index.php/aul/index  

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