B – PhD thesis: being more open

Burrough-Boenisch J. PhD thesis: being more open about PhD papers. Nature 2016;536:274
(doi: 10.1038/536274b)

In the Netherlands, a PhD thesis is published before the viva voce exam with an ISBN identifier and is later posted online. Advantages over the traditional monograph thesis include: it is quick and easy to write; feedback from the papers’ reviewers can be instructive; and students attain a presence in the international science community before graduation. The author of this Letter also suggests that the thesis itself could contain a statement of all assistance received.