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Thesis submission

Electronic publication | Reproduction as author-publisher | New title printed by a publisher | Open Publishing LMU

The following options are available to you for the publication of your thesis:

  • electronic publication on the University Library's theses server "Electronic Theses of LMU Munich", provided the official regulations of your faculty permit publication in electronic form
  • print reproduction as author-publisher (Copy/print)
  • print publication by a publishing house
  • parallel digital and print edition (Open Publishing LMU)

The regulations for turning in theses vary from faculty to faculty. For each faculty, there is a leaflet with the most important pieces of information:

Leaflets with information on turning in theses

Electronic publication on the University Library's theses server

Uploading your file

If you decide you want to publish your thesis as a new title on the University Library's theses server "Electronic Theses of LMU Munich", you can upload your thesis to the server yourself. You will find directions on uploading your thesis directly on the server webpage.

Direct link to Electronic Theses of LMU Munich

Directions on uploading an electronic thesis

Submitting printed copies

After uploading your thesis please submit depending on the provisions of your faculty 2 to 6 printed copies of your work to "Publikationsdienste Dissertationen" (Publication Services Theses) of the University Library (Leopoldstraße 13, house 1, room 1108), either in person or by post. The copies must be durably bound. We cannot accept ring or spiral bindings.

Submission form for electronic theses

When you hand in your statutory printed copies please also submit two copies of the completed and signed "Submission form for electronic theses". This is required procedure as the submission of your thesis is part of your promotion process. You will be required to declare that you give the University Library permission to publish, store and, if need arises, convert your publication. Your other legal copyright rights will not be affected.

Submission form for electronic theses (76 kB)

Patent application

If your thesis is associated with a patent application, you can request the University Library to defer the publication of both the statutory printed copies and the electronic version of your thesis. Please check if your faculty makes provision for this.

Please do not upload the electronic version of your thesis to the University Library's theses server. Instead, please submit to "Publikationsdienste Dissertationen" (Publication Services Theses):

  • a CD-ROM containing a PDF-file of your thesis
  • the printed statutory copies
  • the completed and signed "Form for the issue of a blocking note due to a patent application" (two copies)
  • the completed and signed "Submission form for electronic theses" (two copies)

Form for the issue of a blocking note due to a patent application (186 kB)

Form for the suspension of a blocking note due to a patent application (196 kB)

Submission form for electronic theses (76 kB)

Journal publication

Should your faculty make provision for theses to be published after some time if published in a journal you can request the University Library to defer the publication of both the statutory printed copies and the electronic version of your thesis.

Please do not upload the electronic version of your thesis to the University Library's theses server. Instead, please submit to ”Publikationsdienste Dissertationen" (Publication Services Theses):

  • a CD-ROM containing a PDF-file of your thesis
  • the printed statutory copies
  • the completed and signed "Form for the issue of a blocking note due to publishing in a journal" (two copies)
  • the completed and signed "Submission form for electronic theses" (two copies)

Form for the issue of a blocking note due to publishing in a journal (63 kB)

Form for the submission of electronic dissertations (76 kB)

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Reproduction as author-publisher

You are deemed to have fulfilled the definition of "publication" in the sense intended by the LMU promotion regulations if you have your thesis printed and bound in a copyshop. In this case, please consult the promotion regulations applicable to your subject to find out how many copies you must submit to the University Library.

You are also welcome to ensure your thesis is available worldwide by publishing it in parallel on the free University Library's theses server. This will reduce the number of printed copies you are required to submit to 2 to 6 (see above).top

Print publication by a publisher as a new title

If you publish your thesis as a book or as one or several journal contributions in a regular publishing house, this will reduce the number of copies you are required to submit to ”Publikationsdienste Dissertationen" (Publication Services Theses). You will find details on the number of copies you must submit in the current promotion regulations for your subject.

If you have published your thesis as a new title through a publishing house you will be welcome to re-publish it on the University Library's theses server ”Electronic Theses of LMU Munich” once the exploitation rights have been clarified.

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Open Publishing LMU: Publish with a publishing house and in digital form simultaneously

In cooperation with the publishing house readbox unipress, the University Library provides an inexpensive opportunity to publish theses: Open Publishing LMU. You can now publish your thesis simultaneously through a publisher and electronically on the University Library's theses server. The publisher’s version will be published in the scientific series "Dissertationen der LMU" respectively "Habilitationen der LMU".

With Open Publishing LMU, you fulfil your obligation to publish with a printed publication through a professional publisher. Depending on the respective regulations between 2 and 10 books must be given to ”Publikationsdienste Dissertationen" (Publication Services Theses). If your faculty does not allow for publications to be made through a publisher, please contact Electronic Publications Division.

It is mandatory to simultaneously publish the thesis on the University Library's theses server "Electronic Theses of LMU Munich".

Electronic Publications Division

Open Publishing LMU: How to submit your thesis with a publisher and in digital form simultaneously