Guidelines for your dissertation

General guidelines

  • Your dissertation should be a stand alone publication in book form.
  • A compilation of peer-reviewed scientific papers is allowed.
  • If two or more publications which are closely related are used as separate chapters in the doctoral dissertation, it is advised that these are partially rewritten so that repetitions are avoided (especially with respect to the introduction, materials and methods).

Obligatory content

  • a Dutch translation of the title
  • an abstract in Dutch
  • a list of abbreviations
  • one uniform (compiling) reference list
  • a resume or Curriculum Vitae of the candidate
  • an introductory chapter and additional linking texts between chapters (papers) if the dissertation consists of a compilation of papers
  • acknowledgements of financing institutions
  • copyright information
  • an ISBN number (Attention : The procedure for requesting can take about 3 working days)



  • Use font Calibri
  • Page 1: no requirements.
  • Page 2: at the bottom, aligned left:
    • name and institution of promoters
    • name of the dean
    • name of the rector


  1. Install the font UGent Panno Text (only for your cover)
  2. Design your cover with this Powerpoint template (Size: 16 x 24cm)
  3. Save the result as pdf


  • Cover: print on a 250g paper with a glossy coating
  • Thesis: print on circle 80g paper, 100% recycled with FSC label
  • Send your cover, thesis and ISBN number to the print shop, for example to University Press. Following instructions apply if you print at University Press:
    • If you understand Dutch: register on their website (Dutch only) with your UGent-account. Upload your thesis and cover. Include all images you have used in your cover design as single files.
    • If you don't understand Dutch: e-mail your cover, thesis and images as single files to
    • University Press generates a bar code from your thesis' ISBN number and prints it on your back cover.
    • Printing takes no longer than 3 working days