Full-text publishing

Why you should publish a full-text version of your master's thesis as an open access document in DiVA

  • The thesis is stored in DiVA, NTNU's institutional archive, and will always be available to you and for others at a permanent Internet address.
  • You keep the copyright to your thesis, while NTNU is permitted to publish it in DiVA.
  • DiVA is indexed by both Google and  Google Scholar, Google's academic search engine.
  • DiVA is in accordance with the international  OAI standard (Open Archives Initiative) for the exchange of metadata, which means that your thesis will be able to be found via other national and international information services.
  • Publishing on the Web markets you as an individual to the outside world, such as potential employers -- use it!
  • You learn how to write structured documents for electronic publication.
  • Have you looked at other people's master's theses while you wrote your own? Other people will want to do the same with yours!

It is mandatory to provide an electronic version of your master's thesis in accordance with the Rector's note to the faculties (in Norwegian). An electronic version has to be archived in DiVA, even if you restrict or curtail access to your work, or set the status to "not available electronically". Read more about DiVa on your faculty or department's webpages.

The University Library will publish your thesis in DiVA when it has been approved by the examiners. At the same time, the published paper version will be listed in BIBSYS if the document is available in the library. Even if you have submitted a full text of your thesis to DiVA, you must submit a printed version of your thesis to your faculty/department.


If you have questions about publishing full texts of documents (Open Access), feel free to contact the University Library's publishing group publishing@ub.ntnu.no.