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Writing the Thesis

Schreiben der Dissertation / Writing the Thesis

Schreiben der Dissertation / Writing the Thesis
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You can submit either a monograph or a cumulative thesis. A cumulative work has to be equivalent to the monograph. The thesis must be written continuously in English or continuously in German.

If you submit a monograph you have to submit three copies of all publications (in relationship to the thesis) additional (please do not imbed in the thesis).

A cumulative thesis must consist of at least two published or accepted publications. Additional publications can be still in revision, submission procedure or preparation. Only publications of journals with a peer review system will be considered. The version of the publications is not changeable or updateable within the doctorate procedure (after thesis submission). The doctoral student must have a prominent position within the authors (1st author or corresponding author). In case of being a coauthor, the doctorate student must have a substantial position, which has to be confirmed by the supervisor. The doctorate office will send the reviewer a request for this confirmation together with the request for the expert opinion. A proof of the paper acceptance is essential at the time of thesis submission.

A cumulative work contains a list of titles for the individual works, an introduction, and a unifying text that comprehensively interprets, evaluates, and discusses the individual works included in the cumulative work. The personal contribution must be recognizable. Utilized DOI-Links must have existed before the submission of the thesis. A reference to later revised DOI-Links is not acceptable.

If a cumulative work contains German and English publications, the doctoral board decides if this is acceptable as an exception. The publications including possibly existing supporting information/supplements are part of the thesis (please imbed in the thesis).

Directives to write the thesis

I. the correct order according to § 5 (5):

1. page: cover sheet

to obtain the academic degree
Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.)

submitted to the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy
of Freie Universität Berlin



year of submission

(You are not allowed to use the logo of Freie Universität Berlin)

2. page:

Please name the time period, supervisor and institute of your doctoral studies

1st Reviewer: _____________________
2nd Reviewer: _____________________

One reviewer must be research active in one of our departmental research areas.
One reviewer has to be a full professor in our department.

date of defense: ____________ (please keep open)


3. page: acknowledgment (if requested)

4. Directory

5. Thesis

6. Summary in German and English

7. Bibliography

8. List of publications

9. CV (voluntary)

10. Declaration of independence (not signed)

11. Appendix

(The order from point 3 to 11 is only a recommendation.)

II. Typeface (line distance/formatting)

The font should be not less than 10 pt. (most people use „Times New Roman“ or „Arial“).

The recommended line distance is 1 ½. . The margin approx. 2.5 - 3 cm.

Unilateral and bilateral printing is accepted. Sheet size: DIN A4


III. Binding The thesis has to be bound non-varying.


IV. Submission:
Please submit one hard copy of your thesis and additional an electronic version (pdf) by email.
Any publications written in context with the thesis (one off-print or copy per publication) should also be submitted.
Please do not imbed in case of a monograph thesis but submit separately.
In case your work is a cumulative thesis you have to imbed the publications as a part of the work.

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