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Faculty of Communication SciencesUniversity of Tampere The School of Communication, Media and Theatre

Publishing the Dissertation

The dissertation can be published in the following formats:
1. in an electronic format
2. in both an electronic format and in print (parallel publishing)
3. in print.

The publishing format should be considered well in advance, as there are various requirements to the different formats. If a student wishes to publish his or her dissertation in the Acta Universitatis Tamperensis -series, he or she must contact the Library when submitting the manuscript for preliminary examination. The manuscript must have been granted the permission to publish, and it must be submitted to the Library in PDF format at least 35 days prior to the public defence. No exceptions will be made. This is the minimum time required to have the dissertation proofed, printed and published.The editorial office of the Acta series is located in the University Main Library in the Linna building. The instructions on publishing a dissertation and giving a press release can be found at the Library's website at

If the dissertation is published by a publisher other than the University of Tampere (the Acta series and TUP), the doctoral candidate must submit 13 copies of the dissertation in print or in paper to Administrative Secretary Merita Kallioinen of the School of Communication, Media and Theatre. If it is an article-based dissertation, 13 full paper copies must be submitted to the School, including all publications and the summary article. Both the summary article and the abstract must include a full list of the publications. Please note that dissertations published outside the Acta series will not be subsidised by the University.

The doctoral candidate must also submit 50 paper copies of the abstract to the School. The abstract must be in Finnish and one to three pages in length (printing on both sides of the paper is permitted). The abstract must present the research question, data, main methods and the most significant results of the study. All current members of the Board receive copies of the abstract, and the rest are handed out at the public defence.

Copies of the dissertation must be available at the School for ten days before the defence takes place, so please make sure you submit the copies in time if the Library does not do it for you. The School will give copies of the dissertation to the custos, the opponent(s), the members of the evaluation board, the preliminary examiners, the supervisor(s), the Dean of the School, the  administrative Services office of the School, the School's library and Communication Services. The details about the defence and availability of the dissertation are published on the School's website at least ten days prior to the defence.

All doctoral candidates must also fill out a dissertation form online at the Library's website two weeks prior to the defence. The form can be accessed at

Further information: General regulations on Postgraduate Studies

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