1. Doctoral theses
All SLU doctoral theses shall be electronically published in the Epsilon open archive and also published in the serial Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae. The serial ISSN number is 1652-6880.
1.1 Publishing and printing
- It is mandatory to publish your thesis electronically in Epsilon.
- Deliver 5 printed copies of the printed doctoral thesis to the SLU Library at the location where your thesis will be defended. (This is the author's responsibility, with the exception of Alnarp where the SLU Campus printing office takes care of the delivery) [Read more]
- The layout for all SLU doctoral theses shall follow the SLU stylesheets. [Read more]
- All Acta-theses must have an Acta serial number and an ISBN. [Read more]
1.2 Layout for the Acta-serial cover
- Picture of your own choice on the front page
- Short abstract on the back page
- Short presentation of the author on the back page
Please note: PhD students in Umeå who are printing their thesis off-campus must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get the correct thesis cover.
See examples of cover layout (click for better view):
2. Licenciate theses
The following concerns licentiate theses at SLU according to the vice-chancellor's decision (2003-09-18):
- All licentiate theses shall be electronically published in Epsilon.
- The author shall deliver 5 printed copies to the SLU Library where the thesis is defended. This applies to all faculties since July 1 2006. (This is the author's responsibility, with the exception of Alnarp where the SLU Campus printing office takes care of the delivery)
- The licentiate theses are not published in the serial publication Acta for doctoral theses. Some departments have specific serial publications for licentiate theses. Check with your department if there is an appropriate series for you. If not, your licentiate thesis should be published as a separate (free-standing) volume. All theses must have a unique ISBN number. [How to order an ISBN]
2.1 Preparing the licentiate thesis
The SLU stylesheets can be used for preparing the licentiate theses, but it is not mandatory. To set the appearance of the title page and its reverse page and the cover, follow the guiding principles for the serial you publish in. Otherwise you can use the stylesheet title page and remove the details only concerning doctoral theses (e.g. ISSN and serial title).
2.2 When shall the thesis be published in Epsilon?
Submit your thesis to Epsilon as soon as you have the final version of your thesis in accordance with the printed thesis, well in advance before the public display. The licentiate theses will be announced on the SLU departmental web sites.
2.3 Other formalities
For more information and guiding principles concerning licentiate and international MSc theses go to the web site of your faculty or read more at the web page for postgraduate studies at SLU.
Contact the SLU Campus printing office in good time to set an appointment for the delivery of your thesis to the printers:
3.1 Printed theses to the library
The author is responsible for the delivery of 5 printed thesis to the SLU Library, with the notice of dissertation (spikblad) included. (With the exception of Alnarp where the SLU Campus printing office takes care of the delivery). This applies to both doctoral and licentiate theses.
(This is the author's responsibility, with the exception of Alnarp where the SLU Campus printing office takes care of the delivery)
3.2 Before you contact the printing office
- The thesis shall be delivered in PDF format, the thesis summary and each article in their separate files. If part of the Acta series, the pdf-file should be named with the serial publication number (i.e. 200801).
- PhD students in Umeå who are printing their thesis off-campus must contact email@example.com to get the correct thesis cover.
- A notice of dissertation (spikblad) is the official notice that a dissertation is to take place. It must be included in every copy of the thesis supplied to the SLU Library. The note of dissertation is printed seperately from the thesis and inserted by the author into the copies before they are distributed. There is a separate template for the notice of dissertation.
- After you have delivered your thesis to the printing office a proof is sent to you for correction before the thesis is printed. Please note however that the printers do not proof read the text itself.
- Information about the desired number of printed copies, invoice address, etc, should be given on the form designed for that purpose.
- If you have problems inserting tables or diagrams etc. into the PDF-file or converting file formats you should contact the IT co-ordinator at your department. For help with scanning etc. please contact the staff at the printing office.
- It is important to let the staff at the printing office know how to get in contact with you during the printing process. Further contact with the printing office might be needed for delivering of off-prints or other already published papers.
4. Electronic publishing
It is mandatory to publish your thesis in the Epsilon open archive. All theses published in Epsilon will also be available in, among others, the following databases and search engines:
• Libris - the national library system of Sweden
• Lukas - catalogue of the SLU Library
• the SLU publication database
• SLU departmental web sites
• Search engines on the internet (e.g. Google)
4.1 What is published in Epsilon?
The summarizing chapter shall always be published in full-text.
The enclosed papers in full-text may also be deposited in Epsilon, but in that case you need to get permission from the publisher of the journal where your article is published.
A majority of the journal publishers will allow the author to deposit articles in an institutional archive, e.g Epsilon. To find out if your publisher allows this, use the SHERPA/RoMEO website, or contact your local SLU Library for information.
Many publishers will allow parallel publishing within their normal contracts. If not, you may use this form for communication with the publisher/journal:
Request to use material included in the electronic version, Doctoral dissertation at SLU (PDF, opens in new window)
The thesis is to be published in its entirety. As the author of your thesis you have the copyright.
4.2 What happens after you have submitted your thesis to Epsilon?
When you have submitted your thesis to the Epsilon publishing system a librarian will edit your entered data and also add subject headings from the Agrovoc thesaurus before the electronic publishing. Please allow a few workdays for this process to be completed.