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PhD Thesis Publication

Here below you find what the Library can help you with when it comes to publishing and publicly posting your PhD thesis.

Posting - "Spikning"

All theses have to be made publically available and accessible. This tradition is called spikning and is a notification of thesis defence. The tradition is there to make your PhD  thesis available to the public and it should take place no later than three weeks before the disputation/public defence. A special ceremony is held at University of Borås Library, where you will nail your thesis to a birch trunk in the Library. At the same time it is made digitally available in DiVA. You should send a digital copy of your thesis to Signe Wulund no later than one week before the date of the Spikning Ceremony. The digital copy should be the last version with the cover page in pdf. The notification of submission of a doctoral thesis (spikblad) should be in a separate pdf-file.

A number of four print copies of the thesis should be delivered to the Library in good time before posting.

To be able to post your thesis you have have both ISBN, ISSN and a handle-ID. Read on for more information. 


All doctoral theses published at the University of Borås must have an ISBN. If the doctoral thesis is published in collaboration with another university, then the other university may provide an ISBN. 

All doctoral theses are to be included and numbered in the report series ”Skrifter från Högskolan i Borås”, ISSN 0280-381X. There is nothing that prevents the doctoral thesis from also being included in another university report series. (Exception: not applicable for Acta Universitatis Gothenburgensis, the publisher at Göteborg University.)

Digital version

According to the university policy for publishing, all doctoral theses are to be registered in  DiVA. The ambition is that all doctoral theses also should have a fulltext version published in DiVA. To publish your doctoral thesis you need a permanent link (URN) which is distributed with your ISBN. If the thesis is digitally published by another university, we will create a link to it, to make the fulltext accessible in DiVA.


Information about ISBN, ISSN and URN should be printed in the doctoral thesis; at the bottom of the back of the title page and on the bottom of the back cover. The ISBN should be placed underneath the ISSN. The URN for the digital version should however be placed above the ISSN. It must be evident that the doctoral thesis is published at the University of Borås when reading the bottom of the title page or the back of the title page. The logotype for the university should be placed on the cover and on the title page. Contact the Information Office for further information on layout.


For further information on ISBN, report serie numbers, URN, the date for posting and more, please contact Katarina Engvall at the library.

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