FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the benefits of publishing my thesis online?

Everyone using popular search engines like Yahoo and Google Scholar will easily find your thesis. This will enhance your own visibility, the visibility of your thesis, and also of your research institute. More benefits of publishing your thesis online can be found on the Open Access site of the UvA.

When do I have to submit a digital copy of my thesis?

As of January 1, 2005, it is obligatory for all PhD students of the Universiteit van Amsterdam to hand in their thesis four weeks before the PhD ceremony. Besides the 16 printed copies that must be delivered at the "pedel", the digital file(s) must be sent to the Library of the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

I already have finished my PhD: can I still submit my thesis to UvA Dissertations Online?

When your UvA thesis is not full-text available in UvA Dissertations Online, and you have a digital file, you can still submit your thesis to UvA Dissertations Online.

What do I have to do to get my thesis in UvA Dissertations Online?

If you submit your dissertation to UvA Dissertations Online, the following is required:

The file must be in PDF format. If the file is 5 MB or smaller you can mail it directly to dissertaties@uva.nl, if the file is larger than 5 MB, please send the file via YouSendIt (files up to 100 MB each) or on cd-rom/dvd to the following address:

UvA Universiteitsbibliotheek
Afdeling Metadata Diensten/Dissertaties
Postbus 19185, 1000 GD Amsterdam
Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam

For more information, please download the handout Submission of an electronic version of your thesis: Download folder

Archiving or Publishing online? What about copyright?

Making the electronic version available via Dissertations Online does not entail a transfer of copyright to the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The PhD graduate is the copyright holder, unless the copyright has been transferred. Making the thesis available through Dissertations Online does not imply that the Amsterdam University Press will be the publisher of a possible trade edition. The PhD graduate is free to choose a publisher.

In brief, the following situations may occur:

For more information and help or in case of doubt about granting permission, please contact:

UvA Universiteitsbibliotheek
Afdeling Metadata Diensten/Dissertaties
Postbus 19185, 1000 GD Amsterdam
Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam
e-mail: dissertaties@uva.nl
tel.: (020) 525 2333

How do I get a PDF of my thesis?

Your printing office will probably have generated a PDF file of your thesis in order to print it; you can ask them for a copy of the file. If that is not possible, you can send your original (Word) files to the Library of the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

What are the costs?

The service is free. Just send us the license agreement, the dissertation in PDF format and its metadata.

More information can be found in the section What do I have to do to get my thesis in UvA Dissertations Online?

If you have decided to publish the printed version of your dissertation via the AUP printing-on-demand service, you will only be charged for your own copies. For AUP, the PDF format has to meet certain additional requirements, which may take some extra time. Full details are available on the AUP website

Information for the PhD student on the AUP website.

What are the benefits of printing-on-demand by the Amsterdam University Press?

The Library of the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UBA) and Amsterdam University Press (AUP) offer a service for publishing your thesis in print and online.

The benefits are:

Please note that it is necessary to contact Amsterdam University Press at an early stage (approximately three months before the PhD ceremony).

For more information on the printing-on-demand service of the Amsterdam University Press, please refer to the AUP website:
Information for the PhD student on the AUP website.