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Publishing Your Dissertation

Here are instructions for publishing a dissertation in a Jyväskylä University research series.

Dissertations are published in a university research series JYU Dissertations in an electronic form.

The resolution of pictures and figures should be 300 dpi. The doctoral candidate is responsible for the proofreading of the manuscript as well as proper referencing, However, you may choose whatever referencing style (for example APA) as long as you use it consistently.

General instructions about the dissertation practices at the University of Jyväskylä have been compiled into the Jyväskylä University Guide to Doctoral Studies.

Important guidelines and forms

Publishing costs

Publishing in a Jyväskylä University research series is free of charge for the doctoral candidate. This includes the online publishing and three printed copies for the public defence.

The publishing schedule of a dissertation published in a Jyväskylä University research series

Before setting a date for the public defence of a dissertation

  • Get faculty permission to defend the dissertation
  • Contact the scientific editor of the series (in the Faculty of Humanities the main supervisor of the thesis)
  • Article-based thesis: Ask permissions from publishers for reprinting your articles in the online thesis. Publishing Unit will assist you, if necessary.

Two months before the public defence

  • Send the material to the scientific editor of the series for reading
  • Have the dissertation material evaluated at the Publishing Unit and get guidance on how to get it ready for publishing
  • Agree on when the dissertation material is delivered to the publishing unit. You may send it as a doc/docx -file.

One month before the public defence

  • Have the material edited and ready for publishing in the Publishing Unit
  • Approval of proofs

Ten days before the public defence

  • Have copies of the dissertation distributed to the opponent and the chair of the defence (kustos)
  • Optional: Present your topic to the Rector of the University (Book a time at the office of Rector's secretary). NOTE: The Rector will receive the electronic version of your dissertation directly from the Publishing Unit.

Distribution of dissertations


Distribution of dissertations published in a university series

The distribution of dissertations published in a university series is taken care of by the University Library Publishing Unit and the Jyväskylä University Printing House.

The candidate is only responsible for the distribution of dissertation copies to the chair of the public defence and the opponent.


Distribution of a dissertation published elsewhere

Doctoral candidates can publish their dissertation also through, e.g. a commercial publisher, in a department series or simply as a printout. If a dissertation is published outside Jyväskylä University research series, the candidate is responsible for the distribution of copies as instructed at the table below. Electronic dissertations can be distributed as printouts.

RecipientNumber of copies

Chair 1
Opponent 1
Faculty Office 1
Faculty Council and the Assessment Board
Contact your Faculty Office for more information

Maintenance managers

Library service point (B)
p. 050 428 5237

Must be delivered at least
10 working days before
the public examination

The public copy at the main library lobby

Place of public examination (optional)

Publishing Unit

Jyväskylän yliopiston kirjasto
PL 35 (B)
40014 Jyväskylän yliopisto


* Please contact your Faculty Office for more information

Contact person: Sini Tuikka

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