- Contact Helsinki University Press and ask about different publication formats etc.
- Remember to have your dissertation proofread if you are not using your native language. The University of Helsinki Language Centre offers various Language Services.
- Make sure you have permission to publish copyrighted material (including images, maps etc.) both in print and on the Internet.
- Estimate how many printed copies you need to have made.
- Get the necessary ISBN numbers from The Finnish ISBN Agency.
- Check your dissertation carefully (typographical errors, page layout etc.) before sending it to the Helsinki University Press.
- Always send your material at least two weeks before the dissertation is to be made available for public display. If the page layout is done by the Helsinki University Press, the material should be sent three to five weeks before the dissertation is to be made available for public display.
- For electronic dissertations, you must fill out the publishing agreement (currently only available in Finnish).
- Read the En route to the Doctorate pages.
- Reserve a suitable facility for the public examination from the University (in Finnish only).
- Reserve a suitable facility for the post-doctoral party.
- Reserve a suitable suit (men) or dress (women).
- Purchase a Doctor's hat.
- For the post-doctoral party, have invitations, menus and business cards printed.
- Apply for financial support to cover the printing expenses.
- Find out if you are entitled to tax deductions.
- Beginning on April 1st, 2006, all doctoral candidates are required to fill out the University of Helsinki doctoral dissertation form.
Using the doctoral dissertation form makes things easier for the doctoral candidate, since all required information (including abstracts) is now collected using one single form.
N.B. The form should be filled out at least three weeks before the public examination!