Screening of PhD theses at GSST

To ensure that all published scientific work from Science and Technology adheres to the international standards for research integrity, including proper citation and quotation praxis, all PhD-theses submitted to GSST are screened for text copying/plagiarism. GSST applies software which is developed and in use for that purpose at leading universities around the world.

Should potential problems occur during the screening of a thesis, the student will be notified. If the student has not received notification within three weeks after submission, the screening has not resulted in comments or questions.

Read more about responsible conduct of research (incl. plagiarism) here:

Be aware of the following:

  • The student’s own contributions to the work, including the student’s role in writing manuscripts or papers included in the thesis, must be clearly stated in the thesis (see Rules and Regulations, Sec. 11.1 for further information and guidelines on the thesis format).
  • Results, data, figures, and ideas taken from other sources should always be indicated by detailed references to the original source, even if you were the author yourself.
  • Text copied (or paraphrased) from other sources should be clearly marked, and the original source indicated. This includes text copied (or paraphrased) from your own previous work. For smaller excerpts, give explicit references where the re-used text appears.
  • When re-using larger sections (e.g., if a published or submitted paper is incorporated as a thesis chapter—perhaps with some re-phrasing to fit into a coherent thesis set-up) indicate this explicitly with a reference to the source at the beginning of the re-used material, and/or in the thesis introduction. Do not just state that Chapter X is based on Paper Y, but state more explicitly, for example, that the chapter is identical to the paper except for page layout, or that specific sections have been added or removed.
  • Re-use of text or illustrations from a qualifying examination progress report is permitted, but remember to make a reference. Re-use of material from a Master’s thesis written before entering PhD-studies does not count as “new results” towards obtaining the PhD-degree, but you may quote a Master’s thesis like you would quote any other reference.