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Posting and posting ceremony

Posting, or "spikning", is another word for publishing or making public a thesis or dissertation. In Sweden it is also traditional, but nowadays voluntary, to perform a ceremony connected to the posting: A spikningsceremoni.

Posting of Doctoral Theses

Before your public defence, you must make your thesis publically available through a process called posting. Publication in Umeå University publication database DiVA counts as the formal posting of your thesis. This is to make sure that the thesis is available for reading before the dissertation. All relevant information regarding your dissertation is assembled in DiVA, in a way that is easy to share.

Book a time for posting in good time

Doctoral theses must be posted at least three weeks before the public defence. A booking for your thesis posting should be made around the time that you submit your request for public defence, in good time before you wish to do your posting. The posting must be booked with the library as the library are required to review your registration in DiVA before publication, therefore the registration should be carried out at least two working days before your posting date. 

The library will set the time for publication. Your thesis will be published on your posting date, regardless to when you registered your thesis in DiVA. Please note that even if you register your thesis far in advance, it will not be published and visible in DiVA until your posting date.

Register and publish your thesis

Set a date for posting

Autumn term 2019

15 August: The first possible date to post
20 December: The last possible date to post 

Spring term 2020

9 January: The first possible date to post
25 May: The last possible date to post

During weekends, summer holidays and the Christmas season you will not be able to post your doctoral thesis.

Mandatory delivery of printed thesis to the library

You are required to hand in three printed copies of your thesis to the library - each with posting sheet included - on your posting date. 

If you have a posting ceremony, you need another copy of your thesis for the ceremony. This means you will need to bring four copies in total.

Leave the three copies with library staff at your posting ceremony or at the Library Information Desk. You may also deliver them in advance, ask someone to hand them in for you or send them via post:

Umeå University Library
901 74 Umeå

If you have written a licentiate thesis you should also leave a printed copy of the thesis to the library.

Posting ceremony

Posting one’s thesis meant to actually nail it on a wall. Though this is no longer mandatory, most doctoral students still choose to hold a posting ceremony to celebrate. Library staff are in charge of the ceremony which is held in the Study Hall at the University Library. 

The posting ceremony is usually held on the same day as your formal posting, that is the same day that the thesis is published in DiVA.

During weekends, summer holidays and the Christmas season you will not be able to do a posting ceremony. Please be in good time to book a ceremony if your public defence is in January or in the beginning of summer.

Book time for posting and posting ceremony

Book time for posting and choose if you want a posting ceremony:

Book time for posting