I would like to know what is the difference between author and contributor in the Dutch system, and how to appropriately cite such a thesis? Only author? (APA format) Why this strange name promotor? Is this related to promotion?


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In Belgium (Flanders) a Promotor is the English term they use to refer to the Advisor/Supervisor. The co-promotor would be a second supervisor. Therefore, I think just citing the Author is enough.

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    The same is true in the Netherlands. Usually the co-promotor is tasked with the day-to-day supervision. Only full professors can award PhD degrees (although this is changing at the moment), which is the role of the promotor. If you cite a thesis, you would indeed only name the author, not the (co-)promotor. Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 12:32
  • I see, here an Assistant Professor can also be the main promotor. Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 12:34

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