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The publication of your dissertation

After the official completion of the Promotionsverfahren (final phase of the PhD process), as confirmed by the Promotionskommission (PhD committee) (only available in German) and the Promotionsausschuss (PhD board) of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, it is important to decide in which form the dissertation should be published/made available to the public. In addition, the doctoral title may only be used after the PhD certificate has been provided by the university/the faculty. You will receive the certificate after you have provided proof of publication or have signed a publishing contract (see § 20 of the Promotionsordnung (only available in German)). According to the Promotionsordnung (§ 20), proof of publication or confirmation of publication must be handed in within one year of the completion of the Promotionsverfahren (final phase of the PhD process). The PhD board may extend the deadline by one year at a time upon justified request. Prior to publication, the thesis must be submitted to the Promotionskommission for approval.

In the case of kumulative Promotionen (article-based dissertations), please note the special regulations according to § 20 (2) of the Promotionsordnung.

We have compiled further information for you on publication opportunities, funding options, a possible timeline for the publication process and general information that you may find below:

Publication opportunities

There are a few different ways to publish your dissertation. Dissertations can be published in print and/or in digital form.

Generally, you can contact any publisher, but it is advisable that you specifically consider publishers that are suitable for the content, general theme, or topic of your dissertation. However, you should first talk to your supervisors about publication opportunities. You may be able to benefit from the existing contacts of your supervisors and they may be able to advise you on the topic of publication.

Publications by Paderborn University Library

Dissertations can be published online and free of charge by Paderborn University Library. The manuscript is not revised by anybody or further examined again if you choose to publish via the Paderborn University Library. As the author of your dissertation, you submit your manuscript via upload portal (only available in German). Your manuscript will then be technically checked by the publication team of the University Library (only available in German), placed on its server, and listed in its catalog online. In this case, the University Library assumes the role of a publisher and ensures the obligatory publication of your manuscript to the German National Library.

Important: An online publication via the University Library does not necessarily exclude a publication by another publisher.


In many, but not in all cases, the publication of your dissertation is accompanied by cost expenditures (printing cost subsidies), which generally have to be covered by the authors or through further funding. If you want to publish at Paderborn University Library, this service is free of charge.

Dissertation Awards

Excellent dissertations can be proposed for PhD awards by the supervisors and/or by the authors. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Paderborn University offer the following awards once a year:

PhD Award Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Paderborn University PhD Award

(Calls for dissertation awards will be published on the central pages of the Paderborn University Committee for Research and Junior Academics in June. On these pages, you can also find more information about these and other awards. Your contact person is Ms. Katharina Patz.)

In addition, postdocs can apply for printing cost subsidies. A list of application opportunities can be found below.

You will also find information about any calls in our newsletters.

What a “typical” printing process might look like:

  1. Successful completion of the Promotionsverfahren
  2. Contact to the editorial department of publishers and/or the series editors and/or determination of digital publication possibilities and contacting the respective contact persons
  3. If necessary, revision of the manuscript (potentially according to instructions and conditions specified by the supervisors and the PhD committee).
  4. Submission of the dissertation or of individual chapters
  5. Acceptance or rejection for publication
  6. Discussion of the modalities of the contract
  7. Revision of the manuscript according to feedback from the publisher
  8. Review of the changes by a supervisor and confirmation by the chairperson of the PhD board
  9. Printing



Druckkostenzuschüsse können Sie z.B. bei den folgenden Institutionen beantragen:

Fachspezifische Druckkostenzuschüsse (Beispiele):
Contact Anda-Lisa Harmening

Graduiertenförderung der Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften

Consultations for PhD-Students

Anda-Lisa  Harmening
+49 5251 60-3913

Office hours:

Individual consultations via Zoom (appointment needed) or simply contact me via email or telephone and I'll be happy to help you.


Stefanie Koru

Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften > Dekanat Kulturwissenschaften

Sekretariat des Dekanats, Promotionsausschuss, Studienbeirat, Stipendien

Stefanie Koru
+49 5251 60-3955

Office hours:

Mo. und Mi. ereichen Sie mich von 09:00 bis 12:00 Uhr in der Uni. Di., Do. und Fr. befinde ich mich im Homeoffice.

Für die Abgabe Ihrer Dissertation sprechen Sie bitte einen Termin mit mir ab.


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