The guideline for theses by publication comes into effect on October 1st 2013 and is valid for all doctoral students at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). It was created by the curriculum committee for the doctoral programme together with the Fachschaft Doktorat and the vice rector for academic affairs.
At the moment, dissertations at the TU Wien are usually written as a monograph, which is a work of writing on a single subject. In contrast to the thesis being arranged as a monograph, the cumulative dissertation is a collection of peer-reviewed research articles. If you decide to write your dissertation as a thesis by publication, you should keep in mind the following.
The thesis by publication is an agreement between the doctoral student and his or her supervisor or supervisors. The thesis should contain at least three peer-reviewed articles, published in an academic journal or a book with academic lectorate. The thesis has to contain an introduction and the articles. The introduction consists of a problem statement, the goals, the methodology, a summary of the articles and the academic output. In the case of co-authorship within an article, the input of the doctoral student has to be stated precisely in the introduction chapter of the thesis. If the co-authors want to use the same article as a part of their thesis by publication, the approval of the dean of studies is needed.
You can find the German version of the guideline in the bulletin (Mitteilungsblatt) – 16/2013 of the TU Wien (released on July 3rd, 2013) or on http://www.fsdr.at. For further information, talk to your supervisor, visit the Fachschaft Doktorat during our opening hours (www.fsdr.at) or write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.