Nailing and distribution of your thesis

Nailing a thesis electronically (e-nailing your thesis) is to make it available to the public. The purpose of nailing is to give the general public a chance to read your thesis in advance so that they might pose relevant questions during your public defence.

Nailing

All doctoral and licentiate theses at KI are made available to the public by e-nailing in KI Open Archive.

  • Once the Examination Board has reviewed and approved your defence, you will receive an email from publications@ki.se notifying you that it is time to e-nail your thesis and informing you on how to proceed.
  • Follow the instructions in the email and upload your files.
  • Then wait for a second email from publications@ki.se which will inform you that it is ok to deliver the statutory copies to KIB Solna / Flemingsberg, and to nail your thesis there. This message usually arrives within 24 hours

Three statuatory copies for the library

Three (3) copies must be delivered physically to the University Library (KIB) in Solna or Flemingsberg in order to nail the thesis. This also applies to licentiate thesis.

Solna: 

  • KIB’s: info desk, open 10 am–2 pm Monday-Friday (you get nail and string)
  • Around-the-clock: The book slot at Berzelius väg 7A, Campus Solna. No later than 3:30pm Monday-Friday to be e-nailed the same day, otherwise the thesis will be e-nailed the next weekday.                                                

Flemingsberg:

  • KIB’s: info desk, open 10 am–2 pm Monday-Friday (you get nail and string)
  • Around-the-clock: The book slot outside KIB:s entrance, Alfred Nobels allé 8, Campus Flemingsberg. No later than 3:30 pm Monday-Friday to be e-nailed the same day, otherwise the thesis will be e-nailed the next weekday.

Any deviating opening hours in connection with public holidays that fall on weekdays can be found on KIB's website

Please note: The three copies of the thesis must be placed in an envelope or package. Write "SPIKNING" and the name of the doctoral student at the front of the envelope/package.

When the library staff have received the copies, they will publish the thesis electronically. The doctoral student will receive a notification of this through e-mail (if no e-mail arrives, contact publications@ki.se).

If you have any queries, write to ub@ki.se or call 08-524 84 000.

Physical nailing

Books hanging on twines, nailed to a plank horizontally on the wall. Beneath the books lies a hammer.
"Nailed" doctoral theses on a wall in Biomedicum, Campus Solna, in spring 2021. Photo: Katarina Sternudd Photo: Katarina Sternudd

The doctoral student may nail their thesis at the University Library in Solna or Flemingsberg no later than three weeks before the dissertation. Hammers can be borrowed at libraries. The thesis may then remain for up to a week after the dissertation, after which the doctoral student themselves may pick down their nail copy. It is possible to pick down the thesis immediately after the public defence. There is also a board for physical nailing in Biomedicum. The nailing copy (with holes in) can be obtained from the printing company.

Nail and string

Nails and string to nail up the thesis can only be picked up at the library in Solna or in Flemingsberg at the same time as the doctoral student submits their statutory copies.

Nailing

In connection with the nailing day, the thesis must be distributed by mail to the opponent, examination board and defence chairperson.

Press release

Doctoral theses of major public interest may be relevant for press releases via KI’s press service or news articles on ki.se.

Read more on how to go about disseminating your thesis via, for example, KI's news site or by notifying journalists

The Dissertation Committee

Questions about the public defence application