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Thesis

The PhD thesis must be written in English* and include an adequate introduction to the scientific topic and a summary and discussion of the scientific results obtained.

The thesis must contain an abstract in both English and Danish.

The following structure is recommended:

  1. Front page with: title of project, the student's name, department, date and year and the supervisor's name
  2. Publications List
  3. Contents
  4. Preface
  5. List of Abbreviations
  6. English abstract (maximum one page)
  7. Danish summary (maximum one page)
  8. Introduction to the scientific field
  9. Summary of the results obtained, which are discussed and evaluated in relation to the research area as a whole
  10. List of References
  11. Possibly appendices that may contain useful information of a technical nature and which do not naturally belong in the other chapters, where they might affect the reading rhythm
  12. Copies of articles and manuscripts, which are included with the thesis for assessment

*If it is a pedagogical thesis (IMADA), however, it can be written in Danish.

The departmental guidelines on publishing activity for obtaining a PhD degree

Department of Biology
A PhD thesis will typically contain three or more full-length articles. Of these, at least one should be submitted, to an internationally recognized journal and at least two articles should have the PhD student as first author. In cases where only manuscripts are included that have not been accepted for publication in an internationally recognized journal, it is up to the assessment committee to assess whether there have the sufficient quality that they could be publicized in an internationally recognized journal.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
A PhD thesis must normally contain at least one full-length article with the PhD student as first author. The article must be published or acceoted for publication in an internationally recognized journal. If there is only a manuscript, it is for the assessment committee to assess whether the quality of the article is sufficient to be published in an internationally recognized journal.

In cases where a manuscript has not yet been prepared, or where the student does not appear as first author on any article or manuscript, detailed explanation must be set out for the reasons for this, as well as arguments that the work should still lead to the acquisition of a PhD degree. Based on this, the assessment committee must decide whether, despite the lack of publications, the quality of the thesis is of a sufficiently high level and can be submitted for public defence.

Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy
A PhD thesis must normally contain at least two full-length articles with the PhD student as first author and should be published or accepted for publication in an internationally recognized journal. If there are only one or more manuscripts, it is up to the assessment committee to assess whether these manuscripts have the sufficient quality to be accepted by an internationally recognized journal.

In cases where a manuscript has not yet been prepared, or where the student does not appear as first author on any article or manuscript, detailed explanation must be set out for the reasons for this, as well as arguments that the work should still lead to the acquisition of a PhD degree. Based on this, the assessment committee must decide whether, despite the lack of publications, the quality of the thesis is of a sufficiently high level and can be submitted for public defence.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
In computer science, it is expected that the PhD Programme will lead to original research equivalent to 3-5 publications in international peer-reviewed forums (conferences and journals). Usually students will submit their findings for publication during the course of the programme and thus by the time of completion of the PhD work have experience and understanding of the computer science publication process and research dissemination.

In statistics, it is expected that the PhD Programme will lead to original research equivalent to 2-5 publications in international peer-reviewed forums (journals). Usually students will submit their findings for publication during the course of the programme and thus by the time of completion of the PhD work have experience and understanding of the statistics publication process and research dissemination.

In mathematics, it is expected that the PhD Programme will lead to original research equivalent to 1-2 publications in international peer-reviewed forums (journals). Usually students will submit their findings for publication during the course of the programme and thus by the time of completion of the PhD work have experience and understanding of the mathematics publication process and research dissemination.

Interdisciplinary PhD programmes
With regard to interdisciplinary PhD programmes the Dean sets up specific publications requirements based on a recommendation from the relevant PhD Study Board via the PhD Committee. The specific publication requirements must be set out latest when the Head of the PhD School accepts the PhD plan.

Co-author statements
Articles included in the thesis may be prepared in collaboration with others on condition that the co-author's prportionate share of the article is clearly stated. There must always be a written co-author statement from the first author and or senior author stating the prpportionate share of work completed by the PhD student.

Co-author statement should be made on a special form and be signed by the co-author (first author/senior author) and the PhD student. It is recommended that co-author declarations are collected in an ongoing manner.

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