What you need to know about theses and reposiTUm

In Austria, all theses (diploma theses, master theses or doctoral theses) must by law be published (Universitätsgesetz 2002). To fulfill this obligation, a printed copy of your thesis is made available at TU Wien Bibliothek. With doctoral theses, an additional printed copy is held at the Austrian National Library.

In addition to the printed copy, submitting an electronic version of all theses has been mandatory at TU Wien since 01 September 2013. The approved final version of the thesis is uploaded in TISS by the thesis supervisor. As the author, you can decide during the TISS submission process whether you want to publish the electronic version on reposiTUm, opens an external URL in a new window, TU Wien's open access plattform, or not. Publication on reposiTUm guarantees that your thesis remains accessible in the long term, that a persistent identifier is created for the thesis, and that the full text can be found on CatalogPlus and viewed from anywhere in the world. This makes your research findable and citable - in short, visible.

Requesting an embargo period for your thesis

During the submission process, you can request an embargo period for your thesis for economic or legal reasons (§ 86 Universitätsgesetz 2002). This means that your thesis is made accessible at a later date. The request must be made to the dean of studies during the submission of the thesis and must be approved by him or her. Once the embargo period is approved, neither the printed version nor the electronic version of the thesis can be read or used (including the abstract). The maximum embargo period is five years; the embargo can be lifted at any time at your request.

In CatalogPlus, the end date of the embargo period is entered in the "Description" field of the item in the GetIt area.

Cumulative doctoral theses

A cumulative doctoral thesis consists largely of journal articles. If you want to choose this type, you need to have it approved by the dean of studies when submitting the thesis topic. The Directive of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs concerning the writing of theses by publication at TU Wien, opens an external URL in a new window (German-language version, opens an external URL in a new window) is binding.

With a cumulative thesis, you need to take care that rights of the journal articles' publishers are not infringed. If you have retained the exploitation rights, a secondary publication will be possible. This applies particularly to open access publications under a Creative Commons license, opens an external URL in a new window.

Otherwise you will need to obtain your publisher's permission. Many publishers have exceptions for theses, but there may be restrictions or different regulations for the print and online version. It is important to always cite the published version correctly (citing the DOI and URL).

Read more on open access on our pages on research and publishing.