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Register and publish your thesis

All theses and dissertations published at Umeå university are registered and published full text in DiVA, the university publishing database. DiVA is short for "Digitala vetenskapliga arkivet"

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Open access-policy for scholarly publications at Umeå University

(Approved by the Vice-Chancellor on 19 September 2017)

1. Background

Umeå University promotes making all published research outputs free of all restrictions on access as far as possible. This according to the 2013 Berlin Declaration on Open Access signed by the Association of Swedish Higher Education and concordant to the requirements placed by the Swedish Research Council and other research funding bodies. Basis for the wording of this policy is that it should be as lucid and clear as possible, and that it should be easy for researchers and students to follow.


2. Policy

1. Registering scholarly publications in DiVA

Umeå University researchers are to register all their scholarly publications in the Umeå University academic online archive DiVA (approved by the Vice-Chancellor, reg. no Umu 220-2745-06). Reports and other scholarly publications published by Umeå University should also be registered and deposited in DiVA (approved by the Vice-Chancellor, reg. no. Umu 500-256-03).


2. Open access

Umeå University researchers are recommended to continue to publish their research outputs with open access as far as possible. If this is not done, it is valuable if a full text copy is published openly accessible in DiVA, so-called parallel publication.


3. Dissertations

Dissertations published by Umeå University should also be registered and deposited in DiVA (approved by the Vice-Chancellor, reg. no. Umu 500-256-03). Dissertations should be published electronically in DiVA unless copyright impediments obstruct such from happening.


4. Undergraduate theses

Undergraduate theses produced at Umeå University should be registered and deposited in DiVA. The registered data (author, title, abstract, department, etc.) becomes openly accessible. If the faculty or department recommend a full text publication, such will be arranged if the authors give their approval.

The thesis - proofread and ready to publish

When it is time to register your thesis in DiVA it should be proofread and ready both in form and content. You upload your thesis in full text and the accompanying documents. It can for example be a front picture for the thesis if the copyright allows it. You should always add the posting sheet (spikblad) as a pdf.

Find information regarding the design of the thesis and the posting sheet at the Umeå University homepage.

If you have written a doctoral thesis you will defend the version that you register in DiVA and you should also fill in information about your public defence when you register your thesis. Another word for publishing or making public a thesis in DiVA is posting, or "spikning".

Important! When your thesis is posted it can no longer be changed. If something is wrong it can be taken into consideration with an errata (list of corrections).

Posting and posting ceremony

Instructions and manuals for different kinds of theses

Register and publish compilation thesis
Register and publish compilation thesis

A step-by-step guide to publishing your compilation thesis in DiVA

Register and publish monographic thesis

This is a manual for registering a monograph thesis in the Academic Archive Online (DiVA). The registration in...

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Welcome with all kinds of questions related to the library.


Thesis in Fine Arts

Theses in Fine Arts can vary in format and production and often has content that need special solutions when it is to be published in DiVA. Please contact the library if your thesis contains parts and documentation outside the norm of a traditional, textbased, dissertation. Choose the alternative Publishing, theses ans research data in the contact formula.

Follow the manuals if your thesis has the form of a traditional compilation thesis or monographic thesis.

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Manual: Register and publish compilation thesis

Manual: Register and publish monographic thesis

Licentiate thesis


Licentiate theses should, just like other theses, be registered and normally published in DiVA.  The examination of a licentiate thesis is not connected to publishing in DiVA in the same way as the doctoral thesis. Therefore you need to take initiative to register your thesis in the system. Follow the  manuals used for other theses. 

Manual: Register and publish compilation thesis

Manual: Register and publish monographic thesis

It is possible to register your thesis afterwards, please read the instructions under the headline Register older theses in DiVA.

Register older theses in DiVA


The library publish all scholarly publications from Umeå University in the publication database DiVA. If you wrote your thesis before 2004, when it became mandatory to publish the thesis in DiVA, you are welcome to register if you want to.  In DiVA your thesis is kept in a digital repository. The publications in DiVA are also searchable in other channels, for example in Google Scholar.

You can also choose to register data regarding your thesis in DiVA without publishing the thesis in full text.

Thesis in digital format

If you want to publish your thesis in full text and you have it in a digital format you can follow the instructions for your type of dissertation and upload the file with your thesis, assuming that there are no copyright issues that prevent this.

If you already registered your thesis and want to add a file with the thesis in digital format please contact the library.

Manual: Register and publish compilation thesis

Manual: Register and publish monographic thesis

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Thesis only in printed copies

If you only have a printed copy of your thesis it can be digitised and uploaded to DiVA, assuming that there are no copyright issues that prevent this. 

Request digitisation of your publication