The results of a doctoral thesis must meet superior scientific standards and contribute to the development of new knowledge.

The high quality of a thesis should be irrespective of whether it is a monograph or a compendium of shorter manuscripts - a so-called article-based dissertation. Certain subjects may be well served by the coherent treatment that only monographs allow for, but the monograph form may limit the possibilities for feedback from peer while the work is in progress. In certain disciplines it is common to submit monographs based on articles published during the course of the study. A dissertation based on scientific articles offers a PhD candidate the benefit of independent peer review and editorial control. The articles will also force the work to move in stages, which may be positive for the overall progress of the project.

At an early stage in the process, it is important that the candidate and the supervisor take a stand on the form that is most suited to the research project.

If the dissertation consists of several individual works, the question of whether the content of the dissertation comprises a coherent whole must be documented and assessed. In such cases, the doctoral candidate must produce a separate section of the dissertation (“kappe”) that summarises and compares the research questions and conclusions presented in the individual works, thereby placing these in a holistic perspective and documenting the coherence of the dissertation.

The articles must be of a high standard, meriting publication in peer-reviewed journals. Please contact your PhD coordinator to get an overview of content requirements for an article-based dissertation.

If the thesis includes joint work, the PhD candidate must obtain statements from the co-author(s), specifically granting consent for their works to be used as part of the PhD thesis. There is a stipulated form for declaring co-authorship, which must be sent in to the faculty, along with the candidate’s application for thesis evaluation (The form can be found on the UiS Phd website). Supervisors are also considered as co-authors and must therefore also complete the co-authorship declaration forms (as per co-authorship recommendations such as the Vancouver Recommendations, NENT and NESH guidelines for co-authorship etc.). The summary section of the dissertation (commonly referred to as the “kappe”) must be authored solely by the PhD candidate.

The dissertation should also be published electronically in the knowledge archive, UiS Brage, so that it is publicly available.

This is in line with the Norwegian government's recommendations for publicly funded research and the university’s "open access" policy. Contact the university library for more information about publication.

There can be no restrictions placed on a doctoral thesis being made publicly available, except in the event that a prior agreement has been reached concerning delayed public access at an agreed upon date. See Regulations § 7-11. Any delays must be stated in a separate agreement to be submitted with the application for admission to the PhD programme.

The thesis must be printed in the prescribed UiS template. It can be extremely time-consuming to transfer a finished manuscript to the template. Candidates are therefore recommended to use the UiS template from the start of the writing process. The template and its associated user manual can be obtained by contacting IT support. Cf. also the guidance for printing the thesis, available on the intranet.