Printed dissertations

Information on the publication procedures of dissertations in print


1. Production of print copies

The following points must be observed when producing deposit copies in print:

  • The recommended format for the deposit copies is DIN A4 or DIN A5, printed on both sides.
  • The paper used must be white, free of wood and acid and resistant to ageing (for archiving purposes).
  • The binding must guarantee many years of intensive use. Ring or spiral binding and all binding methods made using metal or plastic parts (e.g. foil cover, iron rail) are not permitted due to long-term archiving. A brochure with adhesive binding, on the other hand, is desirable.
  • The title page approved by the Dean's Office must be included in the dissertation.
  • If the title is printed on the cover, the title page must be repeated in the book block.
  • On the back cover or on the following page, name the rapporteurs (advisor/reviewer) of your thesis as well as the date of the oral examination.

2. Cumulative dissertations

In the case of cumulative dissertations, the main parts of the work have already been published elsewhere (scientific journals, series, anthologies, etc.). Please check the applicable Doctoral Degree Regulations of your faculty to find out whether and under what conditions this form of submission is possible. Please submit 4 printed copies of the cumulative dissertation to Kiel University Library. Please take into account the aspects of the production of print copies.

3. Dissertations with external publishers

In this case, a commercial publisher (usually an academic publisher) will take over the production of your dissertation and its distribution via the book trade. The following conditions must be observed:

  • • As a rule, the publisher must guarantee a minimum print run of 150 copies. For any deviating minimum circulation figures, please refer to the Doctoral Degree Regulations that apply to you.
  • A certificate from the publisher must be enclosed./li>
  • The dissertation title page approved by the Dean's Office must be included in each deposit copy (either already bound in or loosely enclosed).


The number of deposit copies of your printed dissertation to be delivered to Kiel University Library can be found in the Doctoral Degree Regulations applicable to you.

Submission of deposit copies

Send the printed deposit copies of your dissertation with your address by post to:

Universitätsbibliothek Kiel
Leibnizstr. 9
D-24118 Kiel

Alternatively, it is also possible to hand in your dissertation at the service desk of the Central Library (without consultation). If you wish, you can get there an acknowledgement of receipt. Please note the opening hours.

Confirmation of publication

After checking that the publication agreement and the printed deposit copies have been received correctly, Kiel University Library sends a publication confirmation by E-mail to the responsible dean's office.