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For a Dr. med., Dr. med. dent. or Dr. rer. medic. degree, you can either submit a certain number of publications (doctorate by publication) or a monograph as a doctoral degree paper (dissertation).
A PhD or MD/PhD degree requires the pursuit of a doctorate by publication.
- The dissertation (i. e. paper(s) and synopsis, or alternatively monograph) required for a PhD or MD/PhD degree should be prepared in English.
- The publication date of the most recent publication may not be more than one year before initiation of the doctoral examination procedure.
- NEW: Publications that have already been accepted by a journal but have not yet been published may be submitted if no further changes are made to the content for the published version.
- Please also observe our notes regarding journals and joint (first) authorships.
- Please note that the title of your dissertation cannot be the same as the title of one of your publications. There are legal reasons for this. Firstly, it is unclear whether the authors and/or journal could assert protective rights to the publication. Secondly, there would be two publications under the same title, i.e. the dissertation and the journal publication, which would cause bibliographical problems, and finally, the title of the dissertation should have a larger scope than a very specific publication generally has.
A monograph can be submitted for the degrees Dr. med., den Dr. med. dent. and Dr. rer. medic.
For monographs written in the English language, the Doctoral Commission may have the quality of the work assessed by a report from a linguistic expert. The costs incurred for this shall be borne by the doctoral candidate.
The submission of a temporarily protected monograph is possible with the approval of the Doctoral Commission. The application must be submitted together with the registration of the doctoral project. For detailed information, go to the Registration section.
For a PhD or MD/PhD degree, you can submit a monograph or a temporary protected monograph, if this has been approved by the Doctoral Committee at registration prior to the initiation of the doctoral project. For detailed information on this go to the Registration section.
Consultation on statistics & consultation on qualitative methodolgy
You are planning a doctoral project that includes a relevant statistical part and want to do a doctorate by means of a monograph? Then please inform yourself on this page about the obligatory statistical consulting.
You are planning a doctoral project that includes a relevant part of qualitative methodology and want to do a doctorate by means of a monograph? Then please inform yourself on this page about the obligatory consultation on qualitative methods.
Doctorate by publication
The award of a Dr. med., Dr. med. dent. or Dr. rer. medic. degree requires the submission of at least one original publication by the candidate as lead author in a "peer-reviewed" journal, as well as a synopsis which should generally contain 5 000 to 10 000 words. NEW: A total of up to three original publications in peer-reviewed journals may be submitted.
(NEW: The former rule that the mantle text should not contain more than 40 references has been abolished. A maximum of three peer-reviewed original publications can now be submitted. Among them, at least one publication must be included as the first author.)
The thesis must be prepared in either the German or the English language.
For a PhD and MD/PhD degree, the doctoral degree paper (dissertation)
- must include at least one original publication by the candidate as lead author in an international "peer-reviewed" journal or
- three original publications, with at least one by the candidate as lead author, in a "peer-reviewed" journal
and (in both cases)
- a synopsis, which should generally contain 5 000 to 10 000 words. (NEW: The former rule that the synopsis should not contain more than 40 references has been abolished).
NEW: In case of an original publication as first author in a leading international peer-reviewed journal, up to two additional original publications in peer-reviewed journals can be submitted. These journals do not have to be internationally leading journals. You can be first author or co-author.
This synopsis must include the following:
Synopsis of your publication(s)
A doctorate by publication requires the submission of a synopsis, which explains how the publication(s) relate(s) to your scientific work and the working group (Arbeitsgruppe). Its function is to place your scientific work in a wider context and to provide information that, unlike a monograph, usually cannot be contained in isolated publications.
Please note: You must not put together your synopsis by copy & paste from “chunks” of your publication(s), not even if you have translated these parts from another language! The synopsis is part of your Thesis and will be evaluated by the assessors.
The synopsis must show that your scientific work meets the academic standards and that, together with your publication/s, you demonstrate the ability to work scientifically on your doctoral subject in an independent manner. The synopsis should generally contain 5 000 to 10 000 words excluding spaces and references (NEW: The former rule that the mantle text should not contain more than 40 references has been abolished). However, these are mere guidelines. Deviations from these requirements are possible in justified cases.
If you take pictures, tables, texts etc. from the publication/s you submit, please indicate this by a correct quotation! If you are not the only author of a publication, you must not treat the publication as if all texts, figures, tables etc. were your own intellectual property.
Ideally, your synopsis has the following structure: (i) The extensive introduction must contain the state of current research and the dissertation’s significance for the specific subject. This is followed by (ii) a description of the methods with special consideration of your own contribution as well as (iii) a detailed presentation of the results and, if applicable, (iv) the depiction of clinical applications, possible limitations of the study/studies and new scientific questions. In publications with several authors, your contribution must be precisely described with regard to content and scope.
Please indicate all authors of a publication in the bibliography - regardless of the citation method used! "Et. Al." Is not allowed! Please also note the information provided by the Office for Research Integrity regarding the preparation of the dissertation.
In addition, under Links & Downloads you will find a form for a tabular summary of the essential points from your synopsis. You do not need to include this summary in your dissertation, just submit it with the other documents. This summary is primarily for you and the doctoral commission to have an overview of the essential points.
The synopsis in a nutshell
- is part of the dissertation and is also evaluated,
- places the publication(s) in the context of your scientific work,
- must be an independent scientific text
- usually comprises 5,000 to 10,000 words
- has the following structure:
- Introduction, state of research, significance of the work for the discipline
- Clinical applications, limitations of the work, further questions
- Contains a detailed account of your own contribution to the publication(s).
- The synopsis must not be a collage of text parts from publications.
- The synopsis must not be a translation of a publication or parts of a publication.
- The synopsis must comply with the usual citation requirements: If texts or illustrations are copied, you must indicate this by citation. This also applies to the publication(s) that you have included in your dissertation.