Electronic Publishing in Würzburg:
Creating the dissertation in an electronic format offers you a number of advantages:
- low-cost alternative, because you have to submit fewer printed copies
- Your work is online available and in search engines such as Google findable.
- The university library guarantees the availability and permanent archiving of your dissertation as a free service.
How does it work?
1. Creation of PDF file
Please convert your document from the original file format to PDF (Portable Document Format),
a cross platform format and the current standard for full texts in the Internet.
Please do not use special characters in your file name, and hold it as short as possible, for example namediss.pdf
Help to create a PDF can be found here
2. The publishing form and upload of the document in OPUS
You put your document on the Online Publication Server (OPUS) with the
> Select Dissertation > Create a form > filling in the fields.
Here you enter formal and substantive information about your dissertation, eg Title, Keywords, Abstract, etc.
Please note: all categories marked with a red diamond are mandatory and must be filled out.
Pay attention to special characters and symbols
The field classification is only relevant for a few subjects:
Computer Science (CCS), Mathematics (MSC) and Physics (PACS).
By filling in the fields you create the metadata, that describe your document in form and content and
ensure that your publication is worldwide searchable and findable.
If you have filled all required fields of the registration form, please click on "publish" and
then click the button "Next to the file upload". Now select your PDF file and your original
with "Search" and upload by clicking the button "file(s) to the full text server".
3. Submission of the form and depositary copies for dissertations
Before activating your thesis in OPUS, we need the following documents:
- the filled and signed form in which you agree the publication
on the Internet (declaration of consent)
- the printed copies of your thesis.
The number of copies can be found in your doctorate regulations.
Most faculties require five to ten printed copies.
Please use for the print non-aging wood-free and acid-free paper and a permanent durable binding, at least in format DIN A5.
Will you apply a patent for the results of your dissertation, then please apply with the
for the provisional non-publication of your work and give it together with your consent,
and the printed copies in the university library.
Delivery (personal or by mail):
For further information and opening hours please check on the homepage of UB under
When we have your complete documents, your publication will be turned free in OPUS
and thus we make it available worldwide. For an optimal indexing of your work we add
your metadata with appropriate keywords of the subject authority file.
on electronic publishing you will find in the FAQ
Do you have any questions?
Please contact the responsible staff
in the university library.