PhD Theses

Process of Publishing Dissertations

FAQ Dissertations

The following copy numbers match the Doctoral Regulations of the TU Darmstadt

  • Selfprint: 40 copies
  • Electronic publishing: 3 copies + PDF file in TUprints + Statement of Publication of Electronic Documents
  • Publication with a publisher or in an institutional series of treatises of the TU Darmstadt: 3 copies
  • Partial publication of dissertation in journals: 3 copies of unabridged version + one copy of each article
  • Publication in journal (min. 50% content): 3 copies

You register in TUprints, upload your file and fill in the meta data. We review the formal characteristics of your file and give you feedback. After this you are ready to print copies.

Your work will only be published after we have received the printed copies and the Statement of Publication of Electronic Documents in their original form. The latter has to be signed by you and your first adviser. In case you have to make changes we can return your file so you can correct it. Print- and electronic version have to be identical, this also includes colored images.

Certain details are are standardized by the Doctoral Regulations §20 (3).

Sample title pages for the different publication forms

Official TU Darmstadt layout standards

For the publication of a dissertation the Doctoral Regulations expect a short academic history [§20 (3)]. You can be freed from this regulation by filing an application at your dean's office. Please inform us if your request has been accepted.

For printed publications:
You can attach your supplements as DVD, CD-ROM or Blu-ray disc.
For electronic publications:
It is possible that extensive attachments have to be uploaded in a separate file. We will be happy to assist you!

A license is the juridical framework for publishing. It can mainly be understood as the terms of use which you, as an author, grant to third parties. TUprints is using a license which ensures free accessibility online: anyone should be allowed to read a publication without constraints and to make a copy for private use where appropriate. One should also be able to distribute the work as long as he or she does not change it and correctly cites the author.


  • it enables a maximum of distribution while respecting the author's rights
  • it is internationally known, yet adjusted to German language and legal space
  • it exists in 3 versions: juridical text, accessible text for non-lawyers, machine version (for computer to computer communications)

Find more information at Creative Commons.

TUprints is basically not designed to allow changing or deleting documents. This guarantees the document's authenticity which in this way can be compared to printed publications. In case the author wishes to edit the document he or she has to submit the edited document as a new version. This corresponds to the process of a new edition in printed publications.

No. As we are not a commercial publisher, your work will not be assigned an ISBN (International Standard Book Number). Online publications receive an URL/URN from us.

The formats DIN A4, DIN A5 and formats in between are valid. Prints can be one- or double-sided. Please use white, age-resistant paper (ISO 9706). The copies must have a permanent cover/binding. Ring or spiral binding is not permitted.

You can submit your work by sending the copies via mail to the Team Electronic Publishing (address on the right) or by appointment.

After handing in the complete work according to the Doctoral Regulations, the receipt will be delivered to the dean's office within 3-5 days.

The above mentioned aspects for printed copies (title page, supplements, form and submission) apply also to self-prints. The submitted copies will be sent to different university libraries in Germany; where they will be added to the stock of literature. This ensures the distribution of your work.

Documents that are offered in electronic form and through data-nets are fully regulated by the German Copyright Act (Urheberrechtsgesetz = UrhG)

According to the Doctoral Regulations §22 (2) a premature award of the doctorate (receiving a doctoral certificate before publishing the dissertation) is permitted. The Dezernat II of the TU will gladly advice you.

Yes. Depending on the kind of first publication third party rights have to be considered. If you have published, for instance, with a publisher, please pay attention to the contract's arrangements. Further advice is offered under FAQ other second publications.