Publishing and Printing Doctoral Dissertation

​Online publishing promotes open science and access to scientific information and it is therefore recommended. The dissertation does not have to be printed as a book if the doctoral candidate publishes it electronically. The electronic version of an article-based dissertation does not include the articles. However, the dissertation does not have to be published electronically if the doctoral candidate does not want to do so for a specific reason. In these cases, the dissertation has to be printed. Instructions for both forms of publication are available in the Library’s ResearchGuides.


If the dissertation is printed, the doctoral candidate has to take care that, after getting the permission to defend the doctoral dissertation, the printed dissertation is released publicly at least 10 days before the dissertation defence. Doctoral candidates have to contact the printing house well in advance. You can contact the printing houses and ask about the schedule already before getting the permission to defend the doctoral degree. You should do so especially if you know that your own schedule is tight. You should reserve approximately two weeks for the printing process. If the layout of the content pages is done at the printing house (the layout of the cover, title page and loose sheet are always done automatically), you have to reserve four weeks for the printing process.

The University’s contract printing houses that print dissertations are:

These printing houses have e.g. the proofs of the covers in the Annales series. If there is no need for layout, the dissertation should be delivered to the printing house as a pdf file. The page size should be changed into B5 as early as possible, which is the size of dissertations in the Annales series.

When asking for a quote from a printing house, you should include at least the following information:

  • Total number of pages
  • Number of copies
  • Colour (number of coloured pages)
  • Schedule (propose a date when the printed dissertation has to be finished)

The doctoral candidate is responsible for the proofreading of the dissertation and permission to print (approving the manuscript for printing). The doctoral candidate is also responsible for the outward appearance of the printed dissertation. Doctoral candidates have to take care that the dissertation corresponds to the formal requirements of the University and their faculty and that the work includes the abstract both in Finnish and English.

Some of the faculties have a template for the dissertation:

Publish your dissertation in the University of Turku Annales Universitatis Turkuensis series

Number of printed copies

University’s instructions on the minimum printing requirement and distribution of doctoral dissertations (PDF)

Faculties’ instructions:

Support for Publishing

It is possible to receive publishing support for the publication of a doctoral dissertation. In some faculties, the printing costs are paid by the doctoral candidate, but some faculties cover the costs. The support for publishing varies based on whether the dissertation is published in the University of Turku Annales Universitatis Turkuensis series or in some other series. If teh doctoral candidate receives publishing support, they should use one of the printing houses tendered by the University (more information from Procurement Lawyer, tel. 050 383 9896).

Faculties’ instructions:

Additionally, some foundations and organisations award grants to cover the costs caused by the publication of a dissertation. Further information is available in the Aurora grant database.


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