Learn about library's services that facilitate publishing at Hanken.

Here we present services that facilitate publishing at Hanken. You can find information about how to publish:

  • in Hanken's publication series
  • a doctoral thesis
  • open access.

Information about how to register your publications in the research database Haris and about research data management (RDM) and open data is found under the heading For Researchers.

Hanken has three series of publications which are published mainly electronically in the institutional repository DHanken:

  • Economics and Society - doctoral theses
    For detailed instructions on how to publish a PhD thesis see below under the heading Publish Doctoral Theses.
  • Research Reports - monographs written by researchers and teachers at Hanken
  • Working Papers - short reports about current research.

In the guidelines for Hanken series, adopted by the editorial board, you will find information about how to proceed if you want to publish in one of our series.

More information about the publishing process is found in the guidelines: 


Other types of publications are also distributed in the repository DHanken:

The research at Hanken is presented in the Haris research portal.

Each doctoral graduate at Hanken may publish their thesis in the Economics and Society series.

If you choose to do so, you need to:

  • follow our instructions
  • sign an agreement permitting electronic archival, publication and distribution on the School's website.

Hanken funds a limited number of physical copies, of which the author gets a maximum of 25 and the department a maximum of 25 for the public defence. The electronic version will be freely available for download and printing in Hanken’s institutional repository Dhanken.

If you choose not to publish your thesis through Hanken, you are still expected to provide 40 copies to the School at least 10 days before the public defence.

How to get your dissertation published

Note that it is the doctoral student’s obligation to proofread and correct the manuscript throughout the whole publishing process.

1. Before you submit your thesis manuscript for pre-examination

If you are in the beginning of writing your thesis, you should use Hanken's formatting guide for editing the text. The formatting guide contains advice for how to layout according to Hanken's guidelines. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the guidelines well in advance and apply the guidelines, at the latest when you prepare your manuscript for pre-examination. For questions on formatting contact

If you, however, have started to use the template for doctoral theses you can continue to do so. In composite theses only the summary section has to be edited according to Hanken’s template. Please note that the template for doctoral thesis is no longer updated, and the support for the template will gradually cease. For template and editing support, contact

In manuscripts written in programs such as Scientific Workplace or LaTeX, the template is only used for the title page and the preface. For other parts, please follow these instructions:


Remember to:

  • Ask for the co-authors’ approval if you are including any co-authored articles.
  • Ensure that you have the publisher’s permission to include published or forthcoming articles in both the printed book and the electronic version in DHanken.
  • Check the copyright of possible photographs, figures, etc. that you plan to include in your thesis.

Learn more in the libguide on copyright.

Contact the Communications dpt for help, please use

2. When you apply for permission for public examination

Since your thesis must be ready 10 days before the date of the public defence you must send the following materials to the Communications dpt no later than six weeks before the public defence:

  • the manuscript in Word or PDF
  • a signed publication agreement in duplicate
  • information about the public defence (time, place)
  • the back cover text as a Word file, appr. 400 words
  • an order for additional copies at your own expense, if wanted
  • your invoice address for additional copies and corrections.

The Communications dpt inspects the manuscript, gives it an ISBN and sends it to the printing house.

The first proof version will be sent to you by email and we expect you to proofread it as soon as possible. The first proof version that the printing house produces is paid by Hanken. After this point, the doctoral student will be charged for all corrections and additional proofs made. All color printing needed is also paid by the doctoral student.

Smaller corrections that do not affect page numbering can be sent to the printing house and the publication secretary in an email. Extensive corrections should be done in the original manuscript (Word) and listed in the email with reference to the page numbers.

The final draft must be approved both by the doctoral student and the Communications dpt no later than three weeks before the date of the public defence.

The printed books are delivered to Hanken and the Communications dpt will inform you when you can pick up your personal copies. Copies for the public defence are delivered to the department. The university registrar sends a copy to the opponent. The official bulletin boards have been replaced by iPads (in Helsinki in the library and in Vaasa outside the Assembly hall) where the dissertations can be read electronically.

The electronic version is made available also in DHanken ten days before the public defence.

Also see more information about the process of pre-examining of doctoral theses and about the official defense on the PhD Programme pages.

Why publish open access?

Benefits of open access publishing include that:

  • OA gives increased visibility, which leads to more downloads, more reads, more citations and more impact.
  • Publicly financed research is available also to business life and the general public, and can thereby drive cooperation and innovation.
  • OA contributes to global equality by making it possible to access research also by readers in developing countries with limited resources to licensed databases.
  • Research funders require research results to be publicly available.

Hanken promotes open access

To promote open science and to improve the visibility and impact of your research, it is strongly recommended that you consider open access options right from the beginning of your research, and prioritize:

As a Hanken researcher, you are entitled to different open access opportunities, for example, using the discounts on APCs and applying for Hanken’s central fund for APCs.

To promote open research, Hanken has adopted guidelines for open research at Hanken

The publication process, printing house contacts

The Communications dpt

Self-archiving, open access publishing

Editor of Hanken's publication series

Peter Björk
+358 (0)40 3521 723

Editorial board

Hanken's Research Council acts as the editorial board.