Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS)


Please note that you may only use your title (PhD or Dr. rer. nat.) after the mandatory publication of your thesis and receipt of the official doctoral certificate (see doctoral regulations §§21 and 22).

The thesis has to be published at the latest one year after the thesis defense. In exceptional cases and upon written request only, this deadline may be extended maximum once by one year. If you miss the deadline for publication you lose all rights to the conferral of the doctoral degree and to the receipt of the certificate. Prior to publication you are obliged to discuss the need for any further modifications to the dissertation with the members of your doctoral thesis committee.

Before you publish your thesis, your supervisor has to sign the revision certificate (English , German ) on behalf of the members of your doctoral thesis committee. There is the option to publish the thesis electronically via the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB). For further information on the requirements and guidelines, please follow this link:

Under specific circumstances and only for a good reason, the publication of the thesis can be restricted, which requires a joint written request by the doctoral student and his/her supervisor. In this case only the abstract of the thesis is publicly available, whereas the remaining dissertation is treated confidentially. Initially this exception is only granted for one year after the oral examination; however, it is possible to apply for an extension for an additional year. At the latest with the expiry of the second year, the thesis must be fully published. Potential good reasons to apply for this restriction are for example that the publication of the thesis would harm the protection of intellectual property or breach publication contracts with a publisher (i.e. a paper has been accepted and prior publication of the thesis is legally inadmissible). For further information please see doctoral regulations §21 section 8. Approving the good reasons as well as the request for restricted publication of the thesis is solely incumbent upon the examination board. Once your application is granted, your thesis has to be published with the SUB using the restriction notice (.docx or .pdf ).

Please note that the signed revision certificate as well as the publication certificate (that you will receive from the SUB) has to be handed in at the GAUSS office after the completion of the publication procedure.