A small assortment of journals from the TUM library (Image: Uli Benz)

Publishing

Science is a collective process in which the quality of research is mainly guaranteed by peer review and public discussion among scholars in the field. The most important currencies in academia are thus publications in peer-reviewed journals, and having these articles cited by other scholars.

In order to anchor this quality assurance in doctoral training as well, doctoral candidates at TUM are required to present their research publicly to experts in the field at least once. As a rule, this is done by submitting peer reviewed publications or conference papers that were subject to a peer review process.

Please ask your Graduate Center early on about specific regulations for your field and the recognized publications and journals, if applicable.

Publishing Your Dissertation

After successfully completing your doctorate, you are required to publish your dissertation. The University Library at TUM can help you publish your dissertation quickly and in a high-profile manner. The traditional method is to publish it as a book, through a publishing house. You will need to submit four copies of your dissertation to the University Library with an ISBN.

A modern version of this is the electronic publication of your dissertation. E-publications have several benefits: e-publication is the fastest method, and unlike using a publishing house, it does not cost you anything. Above all, it makes your dissertation “open access,” in other words available to everyone worldwide. That helps increase visibility and citation opportunities for your dissertation.

You can find comprehensive information on the TUM University Library web pages.

Proofreading Service

In order to help with the publication process, the TUM Graduate School offers all doctoral candidates professional, discipline-related proofreading of academic articles in English. This proofreading service is free for TUM-GS members. 

The following services are included:

  • Proofreading by a native English speaker
  • Correcting spelling and terminology errors
  • Expert proofreader from a related discipline
  • Return within three business days
  • Comments using “Track Changes” mode in Word or as a PDF

Detailed instructions for submitting articles to be corrected can be found on the “Proofreading service” information sheet.