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Where & how can I self-archive my PhD thesis and my papers?

What is SISSA Digital Library?

SISSA DIGITAL LIBRARY is the institutional repository where the SISSA community archives its research works including  peer-reviewed scholarly articles, conference papers,  theses...

Auto archiving information is available on the homepage of SISSA DIGITAL LIBRARY. See the dropdown menu: "Theses" and "Author's guide & tools".

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Which version of my papers can I self-archive?

Nowadays most of the publishers allow you to self-archive your peer-reviewed articles (postprint) with the option of an embargo. The Sherpa/RoMEO site offers an overview of official publishers’ policies about self-archiving. Perform your research by Journal title or ISSN, as individual journals may have special permissions. Some publishers allow to publish their PDFs in the institutional repository with no restrictions (see the list on SHERPA/ROMEO database).

How can I submit my pre-print?

You can submit your preprint sending your file to .  The librarian will provide to submit the paper in the  SISSA Preprints archive .


Which version of the thesis do I have to self-archive in SISSA Digital Library, and when do I have to do it?

The final version of your thesis must be self-archived in Pdf format at least two days before the date of your defence. If you do not enter the requested references and upload the Pdf file, you will not be allowed to defend your thesis.
This file will be considered the official version, it is temporarily unchangeable and will become accessible after your defence.
However, after defending your thesis, you can add a revised edition at any time, clearly saving it as “Revised edition”. The former must be sent by e-mail to

How can I self-archive my PhD thesis?

You have to log into SISSA Digital Library  with your SISSA credentials (username and password) and follow  the related guide "Archiving PhD Theses"

What can I do if my thesis contains or is a part of a patent?

During the archiving process you can set an embargo period of up to three years.