PhD theses accepted by a jury must be published in full (Ordonnance sur le doctorat délivré par l’EPFL, 2008, art. 19).

The Directive concerning doctoral studies at EPFL states that doctoral students hold the copyright on their work.

  1. Doctoral students are considered authors of their theses, as outlined in copyright law. According to par. 2, they hold all rights that follow from the copyright.
  2. EPFL has the non-exclusive right to use all or part of doctoral theses to increase the visibility of their contents if it supported the doctoral students by financing their work or by providing them with logistical support. 

(translated from Ordonnance sur le doctorat à l’EPFL, 2008, art. 25)

It follows that the author may publish his thesis with an publisher. EPFL reserves the right to non-exclusively distribute the thesis in accordance with the conditions outlined on this section of the EPFL library website.

The thesis is systematically made available:

  •   at the EPFL library (hard copy)
      on Infoscience (soft copy)
  • If results were obtained in the context of a project funded by a third party, the PhD student must consider any potential contractual clauses agreed apon with the third party before deciding to publish them.


Ordonnance sur le doctorat délivré par l’EPFL [online], 2008. 1 September 2008. RS 414.133.2. [Accessed on 10 April 2013]. Available at : (in French)