I have recently finished my thesis and submitted to both university and national thesis center.

However, it is not online yet (probably there are many thesis pending). Should I wait for the thesis center to make it available or can I just put it to my website?

  • What country and what field?
    – Bill Barth
    Feb 19 '15 at 19:34

Unless your university has a policy that explicitly forbids it (which would be very strange), you should feel free to post your thesis online as soon as it has been officially submitted and accepted.


I asked my advisor when I should put my thesis on arXiv and he said I should do it after my defense, but not earlier. (And I complied.) It seems to be a standard practice (at least in theoretical physics).

If there is demand, (very likely) you can mail your thesis privately (I did a few times). But putting it publicly may give some risk:

  • it could look as if you have already defended it,
  • in the case of failing (which, depends on country and procedures, may be possible or unlikely) it is kind of awkward.

Plus, the standard caveats: ask your advisor, check your institution policy etc.

  • I forgot to add, I have already defended it and it is accepted by the commitee
    – padawan
    Feb 19 '15 at 19:40
  • So, just put it (unless there are direct rules against it). If possible, I really recommend arXiv (or if not relevant - another repository). The chances are your website will be gone in matter of years (or decades). Feb 19 '15 at 19:48

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