All doctoral dissertations in Aalto University are archived in electronic format on Aaltodoc repository for the purposes of long-term preservation and online publishing. Every doctoral thesis will have a publicly available web page in Aaltodoc where the electronic archive file is linked. In addition to this, the open access file will be linked to the web page and published in open internet with a permission from the doctoral candidate.
- The electronic archive file contains the entire thesis, and, in the case of an article thesis, also the articles included in the thesis. The link to the electronic archive file is available on the web page of the thesis. The archive file can be accessed only on computers connected to a closed network, for example the customer computers in Aalto University Learning Centre. The archive file can be accessed only for reading and printing purposes. The electronic archive file must be in PDF/A-format.
- The open access file is a monograph or the compiling (summary) part of an article- or essay-based thesis which may be published in open internet only with permission from the doctoral candidate. Open access publishing is recommended and compliant with the Aalto University goal of promoting open science. Open access publishing allows doctoral theses to be disseminated efficiently to a wider audience, thus increasing their visibility. The permission for open access publishing is given by filling in and signing the permission form. The permission for electronic publishing should be submitted no later than one week before the start of the public display time.
The staff at Learning Centre will take care of processing the PDF/A-files (e.g. separating the compiling / summary part and the individual publications into different files as necessary) and saving the information. In addition to this, the Learning Centre will also take care of archiving the thesis to Aaltodoc repository.
- The persistent web address (URN) of a thesis in Aaltodoc follows the format http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:XX-YY-ZZ. The publication platform generates the URN automatically to the reverse side of the title page and to the abstract forms of the thesis. The web address will be activated after the thesis has been uploaded to Aaltodoc repository. The doctoral candidate will receive an email notification when the web page is available in Aaltodoc.
- The public display of doctoral theses is arranged as online display during the coronavirus situation. The staff of Aalto University Learning Centre takes care of the online display ten days before the defence date. The display page can be found here.
Open access publishing and open science
Republishing the full texts of the individual publications included in an article- or essay-based dissertation on open internet (Open Access) in connection with the electronic thesis is recommended but not obligatory. Usually, it is allowed to republish the final accepted manuscript (author accepted manuscript) -versions, not final published versions (the versions which are available at the publisher’s web site).
Aalto University wants to promote the open availability of research articles. The goal is that all the scientific peer-reviewed articles and conference publications of Aalto University will be deposited to ACRIS as a service by RIS Open Science and ACRIS team, more information: https://libguides.aalto.fi/openaccess
To include the full texts of the individual publications in the electronic version of your doctoral thesis, send the final accepted manuscript versions of the publications by email to [email protected]. The final accepted manuscript versions of the individual publications will be uploaded to the ACRIS research portal, from where they can be linked to the electronic version of the doctoral thesis in Aaltodoc.
Open Science and ACRIS (OSA) team will take care of checking the copyright policy of publishers and uploads the manuscripts provided that copyrights allow it. If the doctoral candidate don’t want the manuscripts to be linked from Acris to the web page of the thesis, they should inform about this to [email protected]
There is no need to send the manuscript versions of the following publications:
- Publications published under Creative Commons license (OSA -team will take care of uploading the full texts to Acris)
- Publications already available in Acris/Aaltodoc, please, check your publications (instructions: Go aaltodoc.aalto.fi, Browse -> Authors -> search Surname, First name, you get a list of your publications, check are there publications included in your thesis on the list)
It is recommended not to publish in connection with the electronic thesis:
- Submitted manuscripts or manuscripts in peer-review -process
- Unpublished essays in case the content of the essays will be later submitted e.g. to a journal
Errata and revisions
When the dissertation is approved and published, it is not possible to edit the contents afterwards. However, you can point out the corrections with a separate Errata page attached to the thesis. The errata PDF is linked to the web page of the thesis as a separate file. You can download the errata template here. Send the pdf to to [email protected]
For further assistance concerning electronic publication of your dissertation, please contact [email protected]