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Dissertation Check List

The print version as well as the electronic version of your dissertation has to comply with certain formal requirements. We want to help you checking your dissertation with regard to these formal criteria by providing a check list you can follow.

Carefully review the checklist to make sure that you have followed the recommended procedures. Your request to archive your dissertation can only be answered positively, if all criteria on the check list are met. Otherwise make any needed corrections to your dissertation.

Print version:

  • The author’s name appears on the front of the title page.
  • The publication’s title appears on the front of the title page.
  • The reviewer’s name appears on the back page of the title page.
  • The second reviewer’s name appears on the back page of the title page.
  • The examination’s date appears on the back page of the title page.
  • The curriculum vitae appears on the dissertation’s last page or on a supplementary sheet.

Electronic version:

  • It is the reviewed version which was cleared for publication.
  • The author’s name appears on the title page.
  • The publication’s title appears on the title page.
  • The electronic version requires page counting.
  • Illustrations, quotes, tables and the like need to be contained completely in the electronic version.
  • The names of the dean, the first and second reviewer need to be deleted.
  • You need to delete your curriculum vitae in case you don’t want this information to be saved and published on the internet.
  • All personal data in your acknowledgments needs to be deleted.
  • The electronic version is available in PDF (ideally PDF/A).
  • Make sure that the document isn’t copy protected or has DRM access protection. According to the German National Library copy or access protection are obstacles to digital long-term archiving.


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