Thesis submission and defense

1. Minimum publication requirement

To be acceptable for Defense, at least part of the Thesis contents must have been published (or to be conditionally accepted for publication) in a peer-reviewed scientific journal (Q1 / Q2 JCR in the area). Non-reviewed publication in open scientific repositories does not suffice for this purpose.

In this and other publications that may eventually be derived from the Thesis project, the “PhD Program in Neuroscience, Autonoma de Madrid University-Cajal Institute, Spain 28029” must be listed among the student institutional affiliations.

2. Thesis presented as a compendium of publications

Students can present the Thesis volume as a compendium of papers published, or accepted for publication, between the approval of the Initial Research Plan and the date of Thesis submission. These papers should include at least 3 original research articles in indexed journals (Q1 or Q2 JCR), or book chapters with ISBN. In at least two of these papers, the student must sign as the first or single author. Non-reviewed publication in open scientific repositories does not suffice for this purpose. In these papers, the student must list the PhD Program in Neuroscience, Autonoma de Madrid University-Cajal Institute, Spain 28029 among as his/her institutional affiliations..

The compendium of publications volume must include: a) a general introduction (minimum 12.000 words, excluding figure captions) to the papers; b) a summary and discussion of the Results published (minimum 3,000 words), c) the corresponding citation references, d) a list of Conclusions. The volume must also include a facsimile copy of the printed/online PDF papers.

3. Approval by the Program Academic Committee

When the thesis is ready for submission, the student must, as a first step, request the approval of the Academic Commission. To this end, he/she should send the following documents to the Program Administrative Officer

  • a) A PDF copy of the Thesis, in final format.
  • b) The Advisor Evaluation Report (to be signed by the Program Coordinator)
  • c) The Proposal listing the individuals proposed as members of the Thesis Defense Committee (to be signed by the Program Coordinator).
  • d) An updated copy of the DAD Logbook, signed by the Advisor.
  • e) Any documents pertaining the International Seal application, if applicable.

The Academic Committee may request the advice of external experts in the specific subject of the Thesis, to assess its quality. If everything is correct, the Program Coordinator will, sign documents “b” and “c” and send them back to the student. If not, the Academic Commission can request specific changes in the in scientific content or format of the Thesis.

4. Submission to EDUAM of the documents for Thesis Defense

Once the approval from the Program Academic Committee is obtained, the student can submit the Thesis volume and other documents required for requesting authorization of the Thesis Defense to the EDUAM for final validation. See extended information on this topic here. These documents must be submitted to EDUAM through the General Registry of the University .

The EDUAM Board verifies that the proposal meets all the legal requirements applicable. The Board will eventually authorize the Public Defense session and notify the student and the Program Commission.

5. Thesis Defense session

The Thesis Defense session can be summoned from two weeks on after receiving the EDUAM approval. See other information about Thesis Defense at the EDUAM website. After the Thesis defense, the new doctor will fill in a TESEO online form for the Spanish Ministry of Education official records.