The scope of the doctoral thesis plays an important role, because the longer the dissertation, the greater the danger of having to shorten it significantly. As a rule between 70 and 100 pages are sufficient, if this is really relevant information. An approximate outline looks like this:

  • title page
  • A dedication (optional)
  • contents
  • Appointment sheet and table directories, which also contain illustrations and abbreviations
  • introduction

The main part consists of several chapters describing the material and the methods, the collected results and the discussions.

  • The last chapter of the doctoral thesis is a short summary
  • The bibliography is the last chapter of the thesis
  • The topic dependent attachment is optional
  • At the end of the dissertation count the CV, as well as a Thanksgiving

What are the most common mistakes of a dissertation?

The appendices of the dissertation are not always very important and should be as short as possible. If the attachments are too long, such as 100 pages, the impression is that the scope of the doctoral thesis will only be increased artificially. Also no one reads so long attachments. In the text it is not nice if program codes are included. Pseudocodes are not only much more compact, but they are generally easy to read and understand. If the dissertation is written in English or referred to English sources, then you should be aware that the supervisor is also responsible for the linguistic errors. As a rule, dissertations with multiple language mistakes are hardly considered at a later stage, which also makes the assessment negative in advance. Although many doctoral candidates pursue a project right through to the end, they forget to lay down important parts of the dissertation in writing. In the ideal case, research work should be written down in parallel and papers should also be submitted for publication in order to receive valuable feedback from the reviewers. Other typical mistakes of the dissertation are incorrectly placed footnotes, incorrect abbreviations and quotes, spelling mistakes and plagiarism.

How to check the doctoral thesis for plagiarism?

Of course, most doctoral students do not act with fraudulent intent when plagiarism is discovered in the dissertation. This can be, for example, when one forgets with enthusiasm when writing what is actually his own work and what sentences are foreign spiritual goods. It is therefore essential to write down everything exactly, because afterwards it is not really possible to find out who the published data came from. If you never write something off, you should not have any problems with it, but plagiarism can be the case even if you quote it incorrectly. Most universities offer good information in terms of different citation styles. It is useful if you use bibliographic management systems in the doctoral thesis, where all sources are automatically formatted by saving them.

Although there is of course a wider selection of free plagiarism checkers on the internet, it is important to be aware that even a flawless result is far from being a proper guarantee as to whether plagiarism exists or not. As a rule, these are English-language services that are not suitable for German dissertations. For a one hundred percent certainty one should turn to professional experts, who can take over the proofreading. Existing plagiarisms are then visible at the latest at the time of publication and can lead to very large problems, as in this case of fraud is mentioned. One should therefore be absolutely sure that the written dissertation is in every respect its own intellectual property.