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Publication of Dissertations and Theses (mandatory publication)

The Exchange and Publication Office will remain closed until further notice.

For advice and questions please contact theses-ub (at)

Currently, deposit copies can only be submitted by post (mail or in-house mail)
After a successful formal and technical examination, the certificate of receipt of the deposit copies will be issued and forwarded directly to the respective dean's office.

We ask for your understanding!

The submission regulations are anchored in the doctorate or thesis statutes of the individual faculties. They are published in the Amtliche Bekanntmachungen der Ruhr-Universität Bochum" and can be seen in the Dean´s Office of the respective faculties of the Ruhr University Bochum.

An overview of all doctoral and habilitation regulations can also be found at Promotionsordnungen. Here you can find out how the compulsory submission is regulated in the doctoral / habilitation regulations of your faculty.

The obligatory submission can be done as an digital version or as a print version.


Submission of deposit copies in digital form


  • Your work is promptly available worldwide in full text (Open Access).
  • Publication in the document repository and delivery to the German National Library (DNB) ensures permanent accessibility and archiving.
  • Your work can be found via search engines (google, base) as well as regional (RUB catalog, hbz catalog) and national catalogs (DNB catalog, KVK).
  • The citability is guaranteed by the assignment of a DOI and a URN.
  • By granting Creative Commons licenses, you can regulate the subsequent use in a legally secure manner.


The University Library has issued additional regulations for the mandatory submission as digital version, which apply to mandatory submissions of all faculties. There are also additional delivery options for the digital version.
More information:
Rules for the submission of deposit copies in electronic form

Flyer "Publish Dissertations Open Access", as of: November 2021


Submission of deposit copies in print or microfiche form

For questions regarding the formal design of the print versions or information on the preparation of the microfiche editions, please contact: Mrs Nicole Ihme:
E-Mail: theses-ub (at)
Telephone: 0234/32-23502 (from abroad: 49-234-32-23502)


Delivery / Mailing

Before submission, please use this checklist to verify, that all the conditions for the delivery of the deposit copy in digital form have been complied with.


Submission by mail to the University Library

Shipping address:
Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
Tausch- und Hochschulschriftenstelle
Universitaetsstraße 150
44801 Bochum


Postal address:
Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
Tausch- und Hochschulschriftenstelle
44780 Bochum


Submission in the University Library

Delivery to the university library is currently not possible!!!!


Advice and queries

Detailed information on general enquiries and submission formalities:

Mrs N. Ihme
E-Mail: theses-ub (at)
Tel.: 0234-32-23502 (from abroad: 49-234-32-23502)

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