Regulations concerning cumulative dissertations in Political Science
The following rules apply for cumulative dissertations:
- A listing of all the articles in the dissertation
- For every article: the information about the co-author, if available
- For every article with a co-author: the exact description of your own input
In addition, there are a few extra rules applying to the subject of political science:
The following rules apply for cumulative promotions:
- A minimum of four articles has to be submitted.
- The submitted texts all deal with the same topic but from different point of views and without further redundancies. The connection of content is described in the introduction.
- Three of the four articles have to either already be published or accepted for publication at the base of a Peer-Review procedure in a scientific journal. Scientific journals are the ones listed in the Social Science Citation Index, as well as the following German journals: der moderne staat, Leviathan, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Zeitschrift für Politik, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft.
- A maximum of two articles may be written in co-authorship, and each article may have two co-authors at the most. A co-authorship with a consultant is not allowed (if a text, that was written with an advisor, were to be published, then he or she cannot be a consultant anymore)
A monographic dissertation is a closed text about a selection of topics. It follows for the appraisal, that a special criterion is necessary for the form of a monograph:
- Reasonable structure and argumentative coherence of the text
- Development of a subject matter throughout the text
- Prevention of redundancies
- Prevention of unnecessary lengths
- Reflection of arguments and use of linking paragraphs.