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Research and teaching

For PhD students

Information on materials in an academic field and searching for sources
The subject librarians possess knowledge of the library's material in all of the academic fields of the University. They can give information on what is available and where it can be found, thus facilitating information searching. Furthermore, they can assist in locating sources, conference publications, reports and more.

Information for working with sources
The information specialists at the library have put together detailed instructions on the main citation styles used at the University: APAIEEE, OSCOLA. They also provide instructions on using reference management programs, especially Zotero, and assist with the plagiarism detection software Turnitin.

We can also:

The information specialists recommend Phd on track where detailed information for doctoral students can be found.

Contact the information specialist for your School and book an appointment. 

Submission of PhD thesis


Before printing, students need to request two ISBNs; one for the printed version and the other for the electronic version. Please send an email to Kristína Benedikz at RU library to be assigned ISBNs. In the email, include the thesis title, department and the author ORCID

  • Both ISBNs should appear in both versions (print and electronic).
  • The ISBNs should be on the backside of the title page.
  • The author's ORCID should also be on the backside of the title page.  

ISBN 978-9935-9537-1-4 electronic version
ISBN 978-9935-9537-5-3 print version


Submitting printed and electronic versions of the PhD thesis
The library receives two printed copies of all doctoral theses. One for circulation and the other for preservation. Students hand in the library's printed copies to their department. See department contacts for postgraduate studies.

From 2016 electronic versions of doctoral theses are preserved in the repository Opin vísindi. Doctoral theses should be accessible to all following Reykjavik's University Open Access Policy.

Suppose a doctoral thesis contains journal articles that the publisher does not allow to be accessible in Opin vísindi. In that case, students should submit them in a separate file in Opin vísindi and specify the embargo and reason for closed access. Authors are also requested to inform the library when publishers allow access to the articles in Opin vísindi.

step by step instructions on how to submit to Opin vísindi

If any problems arise regarding submitting to Opin vísindi, please get in touch with the library: