Once you have completed your doctoral thesis you will need to publish it. The exact conditions for publication are explained in FAU’s General Doctoral Regulations and in your faculty’s or school’s doctoral regulations.
Doctoral candidates can find that publishing their thesis entails considerable costs that are not easy to recover. Authors must usually pay part of the printing costs if a publication is very specialist and the target audience is small. This means that sales will be more difficult and it will not be possible to cover the full price of production through sales. In such cases, the publisher will require the author to pay towards the printing costs. This provides greater security for publishers when publishing academic texts.
Some foundations provide funding for publications in certain subjects (German):
- Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung für Geisteswissenschaften – humanities and social sciences
- Franz-und-Eva-Rutzen-Stiftung – archaeology
- Arbeitskreis Wirtschaft und Recht – commercial, company, business and labour law
- Ilse und Dr. Alexander Mayer-Stiftung
You can also search for foundations that provide funding to cover publication costs in the Deutsches Stiftungszentrum database (German). It is also worth looking at our page with information on funding databases.
A small number of publishers fund printing costs, although this is sometimes linked to certain conditions.
- VDK-Foerderfonds (German)
Each year the publisher Verlag Barbara Budrich issues a call for applications for doctoral theses. The entries are evaluated by a panel of specialists and selected theses are then published free of charge by Verlag Barbara Budrich in its ‘promotion’ series (German).
Doctoral theses that have received the distinction ‘summa cum laude’ can also be published in the ‘FAU Forschungen‘ series. Decisions on which theses to include in the series are made by the FAU University Press advisory board. Doctoral theses and other theses can also be published in the ‘FAU Studien’ series. To have your thesis published in this series you simply require a recommendation from the appropriate chair.
However, some conditions may be specified in the faculty doctoral regulations, such as with regard to the minimum number of copies or the period during which additional copies may be printed.
If you are planning to publish an article in English, the Language Service can provide support with translating or editing your work. The costs involved depend on the subject and scope of the text and are charged at an hourly rate according to the actual time required. Please contact the Language Service for a quote.
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