I am thinking about including a statement as follows in my thesis (e.g. at the second page).

Please cite this thesis as "X.Y, My fancy title, Thesis, University of XZ, June 2019, https://doi.org/10.15420/882.2249."

One the one hand this could be very helpful for someone who wants to cite the thesis. On the other hand it might come across as begging for a citation or that I prefer to be cited with a particular citation style (what I do not, of course).

Is this a sensible idea? If not, is there a preferred way to mention at least the DOI? If yes, is there a better wording?

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    Why do this? What is your reasoning for suggesting it?
    – Buffy
    Jun 23, 2019 at 14:58
  • @Buffy Just to make it easier to find all relevant information for a citation at a single place.
    – koalo
    Jun 23, 2019 at 15:22

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I wouldn't include this statement. Academic authors don't need to be told how to cite theses - they already know. And I think it does make it sound like you insist on a particular citation style, which may feel awkward to authors who want or are required to use something else. (I don't see it as "begging for citation", though.)

It is certainly a good idea to include the DOI, but I would just write something like

Digital Object Identifier: https://doi.org/10.15420/882.2249

in the colophon or some other convenient place in the document's frontmatter.

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