Dhanken is Hanken's institutional repository.

DHanken contains doctoral theses, master theses, research reports, working papers and articles. You can find instructions about how to publish in DHanken and guidelines on parallell publishing. Open Access-publishing is a way of disseminating the research more widely. The library helps you to publish in the institutional repository DHanken and to register in the research database Haris.

In Guidelines for Hanken series you find information about how to proceed if you want to publish in one of our series.

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

Publications of four other categories can also be published in DHanken:

  • Master's theses
  • Self-archived copies - Open Access versions of articles and conference reports
  • Conference proceedings - papers presented on conferences arranged by Hanken
  • Study literature

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


Guidelines for Hanken series

The Research at Hanken is presented in the Haris research database.

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

If you choose to do that, you must:

  • 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 25 and the department 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 proof read and correct the manuscript throughout the whole publishing process.

Before you submit your thesis manuscript for pre-examination

We recommend that you begin to use our template at the latest when you prepare your manuscript for pre-examination. In composite theses only the summary section has to be edited according to Hanken’s template. Template and editing support: ask the library (

Download the template for doctoral theses.

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.
  • Ask for 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, maps etc. that you plan to include in your thesis.

Contact the publication secretary Barbara Cavonius ( for more instructions or if you have any questions.

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 material to the publication secretary no later than six weeks before the public defence:

  • the manuscript in Word or PDF
  • a signed publication agreement in duplicate (you get the original from the publication secretary)
  • 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
  • your invoice address for additional copies and corrections

The publication secretary 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 proof read 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. Bigger 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 publication secretary no later than three weeks before the date of the public defence.

The printed books are delivered to Hanken and the publication secretary 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 at the reception desk 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.

More information about the process of pre-examining of doctoral theses and about the official defense can be found on the web of the PHD programme.


Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

What is open access?

Open access (OA) started as a movement among dedicated reserachers, but is now accepted and have become almost as a norm in scholarly publishing. Many research funders require research results to be published open access. One of the core ideas behind OA is that publicly funded research should be openly and freely available for everybody.Open access is often categorized as:

  • Golden OA imply that the article is immediately freely available on the journal's website when published. The journal is OA in its entirety, which means that all articles are freely available. In some cases there is a fee involved, a so-called article processing charge (APC).
  • Green OA imply that a the article is published in a license based journal, but a copy is deposited in an institutional repository (e.g. Dhanken) or in a subject repository (e.g. SSRN). The publisher defines which version of the article that is allowed to be deposited, usually a post-print version (accepted author's manuscript, peer reviewed) or a pre-print version (submitted version, not peer reviewed).
  • Hybrid OA is an article published in a license based journal, but the author pays a fee in order to make the article freely available on the publishers website. 

Why open access?

Some benefits of open access:

  • 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 innovation.
  • OA contributes to global eqality by making it possible to access research, also for developing countries with limited resources to licensed databases.
  • Research funders require research results to be publicly available.

Hanken promotes open access

To  promote open research Hanken has adopted guidelines for open research at Hanken. One of the goals is to to ensure that 80% of its annually reported scientific articles are published as Green Open Access and that all articles are self-archived in the research database Haris.

Hanken's puvblication series are published open access and available in the publication archive DHanken. self-archiving is made in the research database Haris and the publications are transfered to DHanken for ling-time preservation.

Learn more about open access and about how to publish open access at Hanken.

Instructions on how to self-archive at Hanken

Information about how to publish open access and getting a discount on article processing charges (APCs).

Help in the publication process, contact to the printing house

Barbara Cavonius
+358 (0)40 3521 376

MSOffice, templates

Vilhelm Lönnberg
+358 (0)50 593 0710

Self-archiving, open access publishing

Margareta Danielsson
+358 40 352 1266

Editor of Hanken's publication series

Peter Björk
+358 (0)40 3521 723

Editorial board

Hanken's Research Council acts as editorial board.


Printed versions of the PhD theses can be bought by the library.
+358 (0)40 3521 265