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Thesis by publication (cumulative dissertation)

General terms

Doctoral Regulations of TU Berlin § 2 (3):

"The dissertation as a scientific treatise can consist of separate pieces of work published or submitted for publication (kumulative Dissertation or dissertation by publication). Such work must follow an internal logic which has to be coherently demonstrated by a joint introduction and concluding discussion. Further details regarding the type and number of contributions are determined by the faculties."

Implementation rules by the faculties:

Ways to publish

The same options for publication are available for monographic and cumulative dissertations:

Online-Publishing on DepositOnce
15 printed copies in dissertation print
3 Publisher copies


If your dissertation contains complete journal articles, various copyright aspects must be taken into account.

  1. Please check the publisher conditions regarding the reuse of articles in your dissertation. The provisions of your publishing contract are authoritative. If no specific provisions are expressed in the contract, the following policies apply:
    Publishing Policies Dissertations
    If your publisher is not listed or you are unsure about the publisher's specifications please contact the Open Access team. 
  2. Please ask your possible co-authors for their consent to the self-archiving.
  3. In case of reuse a common demand of publishers is that a fixed phrase is included in the publication. Please always place them at the beginning of the corresponding chapter.
  4. Please attach an overview to your dissertation that lists all publications included in your work. The following information should be included:
    - Complete bibliographic data
    - Version information (preprint, postprint, publisher's version)
    - Reference to where the articles can be found in the dissertation
    - DOI (if available) actively linked, starting with: https://doi.org/...

Open content license

While the University Library generally welcomes the use of open access-compliant licenses (e.g. Creative Commons Attribution, CC BY) it is not recommended to assign an open content license to a thesis by publication. In some cases assigning an open content license might be permitted (e.g. for articles in open access journals). Please contact the University Library’s Open Access team for more information.

Further information

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Creative Commons license

Secondary exploitation right (self-archiving)

Information on copyright

Zusatzinformationen / Extras


Dissertation office:
Jutta Kruse
Tel.: (030) 314 - 76128

Elisa Marten
Tel.: (030) 314-76129
Fax: (030) 314 - 76133


Open Access Team:
Tel.: (030) 314-7613