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Regulations concerning cumulative dissertations in Political Science

The following rules apply for cumulative dissertations:

The affidavit Adobe, which is handed with the delivery of your dissertation, will be added by a supplementary sheet Adobe. On this paper, the doctoral candidate will state the following:

  • 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 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.
  • At least two articles have to be written in sole authorship. Each article written in co-authorship 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.


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