How to publish doctoral theses

Since 2000, the University of Barcelona is participating in the Online Doctoral Theses (TDR) project, which aims to provide online electronic access to the full text of doctoral theses read at public universities.

On 11 February 2012, Article 14 of Royal Decree 99/2011, which regulates official doctoral studies, became effective. This article establishes that "once the doctoral thesis has been approved, the university shall file it in open electronic format in an institutional repository and shall send, in electronic format, a copy of this thesis, as well as all the necessary complementary information to the Ministry of Education for the appropriate purposes".

For this reason, from that date onwards, all theses read at the University of Barcelona are stored in the institutional repository, the , University of Barcelona Digital Repository - Doctoral Theses, and the TDX cooperative thesis repository.

  • Instructions for publishing in the Digital Depository of the University of Barcelona and TDX

To start the editing process of your doctoral thesis, you have to submit the following documents to the Secretary's Office for Students and Teaching Staff of your Faculty or to our office (CRAI Research Unit)

  • Personal and academic data form, completed in clear handwriting or by computer and properly signed (download here: doc, odt, pdf).
  • A digital support containing: 
    • a) The full text of the Doctoral Thesis, in PDF or other editable formats. The thesis can be presented divided into chapters or sections for easy reference.
    • b) A summary of the Doctoral Thesis with a recommended maximum length of 600 words, in the same language in which it was written.
    • c) An abstract in English with a recommended maximum length of 350 words. If the thesis is written in English, this summary may be written in another language (Catalan, Spanish, etc.).
  • The publication form, completed in clear handwriting or by computer and properly signed (download here: doc, odt, pdf).
  • Further information

The TDR project is also open to people who read the thesis but did not want to publish it at the time, or it was published on microfiche. In any of these cases, please contact us.


Contacto: Àlvar Martín (TDX technical support)
      CRAI - Research Unit
      C/ Baldiri Reixac, 2. 08028 Barcelona
      Tel. 934 035 377                              
      A/e: amartin(at); tdx(at)