Publishing PhD theses and habilitations

All PhD theses and habilitations produced at Leibniz Universität Hannover shall be submitted to TIB, regardless of the type of publication involved. The publication of theses and the submission of mandatory copies is regulated by the PhD regulations or habilitation regulations of the respective faculty at Leibniz Universität Hannover. The following guidelines for PhDs (PDF) and habilitations (PDF) apply with regard to the type and scope of the submission.

Would you like to submit your thesis in electronic form?

Please read the guidelines on submitting PhD theses or habilitations, including appendices, before submitting your thesis.

Please note that six printed copies must be submitted in addition to PhD theses submitted in electronic form. In this connection, the printed copies and the electronic version must be identical, also with regard to page breaks. Both variants must contain the following:

  • Title page
  • Reverse side of the title page stating the referees and the day on which the PhD thesis was completed
  • Summary in German and English
  • Three German and three English keywords related to the subject matter

Additional important information about submission

  • Please submit the electronic version in the form of a PDF file on a data carrier, which will be retained by the library. Files no larger than ten megabytes (MB) (if necessary, compressed into a ZIP file) may also be send by email to diss-edoktibeu.
  • For digital preservation purposes, it is important that the file is unsecured upon submission. The library will assign a password to the file that will be available for use via the catalogue, protecting it against changes.
  • Please submit the electronic version and the printed copies at the same time, if possible. Processing may only commence when both versions are available.
  • You will first be given an acknowledgement of receipt. After two weeks at the latest, you will receive feedback as to whether the submitted files are acceptable The University Publications Team will then forward the final acknowledgement of submission together with a printed copy of the thesis to the competent faculty. The certificate may then be awarded.
  • Would you like to submit your thesis in person? Please arrange an appointment with the University Publications Team if you intend to submit your thesis in person.
  • If you are unable or unwilling to submit your thesis in person, you can also send it to us by post. In this case, please also complete and enclose Appendix II (PDF).

Further information

PhD theses and habilitations completed at Leibniz Universität Hannover can be searched and ordered in the TIB Portal. A large number of university publications produced by other German universities are also included in TIB's collection. Virtually all such university publications can also be found in the Catalogue of the German National Library.

Legal notice

The obligation to submit PhD theses is substantiated by a resolution by the Conference of the Ministers of Education. PhD students are obliged to make their PhD theses accessible to the scientific community by duplicating and disseminating them: Rules for publishing PhD theses (PDF).


Ursula Krys
University/College Publications, Exchanges

Phone: +49 511 762-3434
Address: Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) - German National Library of Science and Technology, Welfengarten 1 B, 30167 Hannover