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Publishing a dissertation at the Tampere University: Publishing a dissertation

Checklist: Publishing a dissertation – in a nutshell

Follow this list to make sure you have taken into consideration all the stages included in the publishing process of a dissertation. For detailed instructions on each step, see the tabs in this guide.

1. Download the Title page -template and fill in the missing information
2. Send it to your Faculty to make sure that the information is correct
3. Send the Defence of the doctoral dissertation -form, signed Online publishing contract and the title page to the Library along with any permissions to reuse copyrighted articles in your dissertation
4. Make sure you have authorization for your dissertation issued by the Faculty council
5. Submit your work to the printing house by filling in the order form (no later than 5 weeks before the public defence)
6. Accept the proof version of the dissertation
7. Send the articles, if different from the printed book, as PDF files to the library
8. Prepare a press release as instructed

In case you publish your dissertation e.g. in a faculty series, in a series by another publisher or as a self-published book, follow this list to make sure you have taken into consideration all the stages included in the publishing process of a dissertation.

  1. Find out the ISSN and/or ISBN-numbers for your dissertation, or, if your dissertation is self-published acquire an ISBN from the National Library of Finland
  2. Send the Defence of the doctoral dissertation -form to the Library
  3. Make sure you have authorization for your dissertation issued by the Faculty council
  4. Deliver the printed dissertation to the Faculty and to the Library  no later than 10 days before the public defence
  5. Send the following documents to the Library: your dissertation as a PDF/A file for archiving purposes, your dissertation as a normal PDF file for online publishing, and the signed Online publishing contract as a PDF file
  6. Prepare a press release as instructed

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Printing and publishing timetable

Send your doctoral dissertation well in time to the Printing House (about five weeks) and agree on the delivery of the proof and schedule of printing.

The doctoral dissertation must be exhibited 10 days before the public defence. Please make sure that you deliver them yourself or ask the Printing House to deliver the necessary copies of your doctoral theses in time to the faculty and library. If your dissertation is published in the Tampere University Dissertations -series the books are automatically delivered to the faculty and the library by the Printing House.


The delivery addresses and required number of copies can be found on the Number of copies and Delivery Addresses page.

Contact us

only reaches library staff. For contact information of faculties and the printing house, see here.

If you cannot find answers to your questions, please email us.

Open Access theses at Tampere Universities

Proportion of Open Access theses at Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK).


Source: TamPub, TUT Dpub, TUTCRIS, Theseus, Finna. 2/2019

Publish your dissertation in the Tampere University Dissertations -series

Start by filling in the Title page -template and have it checked in your faculty to make sure all affiliations, titles and universities are correct.

Then fill in and submit The defence of the doctoral dissertation -form.

Send the checked title pages, signed  Online publishing contract (below), the article permissions and the article list by email to dissertations@tuni.fi. The library adds the ISBN and ISSN numbers to the title pages and sends the pages back to you (1-3 business days).

After the dissertation has been printed the library saves your doctoral dissertation on the University institutional repository Trepo. You will get instructions on how to publish your dissertation online.

The printing house sends an archivable (PDF/A) version of the dissertation to the library. It is identical with the printed doctoral dissertation. The dissertation is archived in a closed collection that can be read from a library reading terminal without the possibility to print or copy.

Dissertation online

Tampere University requires doctoral candidates to publish their dissertation openly in the University institutional repository Trepo, unless the terms of an external publisher preclude it. For open publishing, the doctoral candidate must request permission from the publishers of the articles attached to the dissertation. Read more on the Permissions to Publish page.

Provided that the terms of the original publisher allow it, articles included in the dissertation can be published online. If you do not have permission to publish the article in electronic form as part of the dissertation, it will be omitted from the PDF file before saving it on Trepo.

If you publish with some other publisher

Please fill in and submit The defence of the doctoral dissertation form and send the permissions to article-based dissertation and the article list by email to dissertations@tuni.fi.

If your dissertation is self-published, you can get the ISBN -number from the Finnish ISBN service.

Deliver the printed dissertation to the Faculty and to the Library " copies)  no later than 10 days before the public defence.

An online version of the dissertation will be published on the University institutional repository Trepo unless it is not permitted by the external publisher.

All dissertations of Tampere University should be submitted to the library as an archivable (PDF/A) dissertation with the same content as in the printed dissertation. The dissertation is archived in a closed collection that can be read from a library reading terminal without the possibility to print or copy.