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Information concerning doctoral student's studies will be transferred to the Study Guide during the autumn term 2017.

Preliminary Examination

Before the preliminary examination process, an orginality check must be performed with the Turnitin programme. Please consult your dissertation supervisor about the process.

In the preliminary examination, the field's conventions and the rules on the unacceptability of preliminary examiners must be considered.

To obtain permission to defend it as a doctoral dissertation, a student must submit his/her dissertation manuscript in three complete paper copies in a binder to Administrative Secretary Elisa Laatikainen (B1052), the person responsible for doctoral affairs at LTL. In the case of article-based dissertations, previously published articles do not need to be republished. However, even article-based dissertations must be submitted to LTL in three complete copies.

Questions about submitting a manuscript can be addressed to the person responsible for doctoral affairs. The student is responsible for making sure all the necessary studies are registered in the academic records, if the student has not completed a licentiate degree containing these studies. The student must also file a Turnitin originality report signed by his/her supervisor.

Each dissertation is assigned at least two objective docent-level preliminary examiners. The preliminary examiners are appointed by the Dean on the recommendation of the head professor of the relevant major, but before their appointment, the author of the dissertation is given an opportunity to comment on the possible unacceptability of the prospective examiners. A researcher working in the field of the dissertation at the University of Tampere, a person who has acted as a supervisor in connection with the dissertation in question, or a person who can in some other way be considered unacceptable due to the likelihood of bias may not serve as a preliminary examiner.

The purpose of the preliminary examination is to ensure that the manuscript meets the formal and scientific requirements for the most advanced academic theses. The preliminary examination is thus the stage at which LTL and preliminary examiners can influence the quality of the dissertation. Preliminary examiners are asked to submit a written report on whether the manuscript has scientific value sufficient to allow the student to be granted permission to defend it as a doctoral dissertation. If the dissertation is article-based, the preliminary examiners' reports must also indicate whether the themes of the separate publications comprise an integrated set of problems. If an examiner's report is negative, the preliminary examination process can be discontinued on the student's request. Once the professor or the supervisor grants permission, the preliminary examination process can be resumed.

A preliminary examiner's report must clearly indicate whether or not the examiner recommends that the student be granted the permission to publish and publicly defend the manuscript as a doctoral dissertation, i.e. whether the manuscript meets the criteria set for a doctoral dissertation. The indication may not be conditional in any way. In their reports, the preliminary examiners may also suggest corrections and improvements. The reports must be submitted not later than three months after the examiners are appointed. Based on these reports, the LTL Board then either grants or denies permission to publicly defend the manuscript as a dissertation. Before the Board takes its decision, the student has the right to submit a response to the reports.

All matters related to the preliminary examination are administered by the person responsible for doctoral affairs. Preliminary examiners submit their reports to this person, who then sends copies to the doctoral student, supervisors and the head professor of the relevant major.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish a dissertation is granted by the LTL Board. Copies of the preliminary examiners' reports are sent to the student not later than four days prior to the Board meeting. At this point, the student may wish to submit a response to these reports. If the student wishes to respond, he/she can ask that the decision on publishing the dissertation be postponed to the next Board meeting.


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