Publicity of theses and dissertations

A graduation thesis or dissertation accomplished at a public educational institution is normally a public document (Constitution of Finland, Section 12.2; Act on the Openness of Government Activities, Section 1).

The Act on the Openness of Government Activities also stipulates what information shall be kept secret. Such information includes, for example, documents that contain business or professional secrets or detailed information on endangered animal or plant species (Section 24).

If the source material used in a thesis or dissertation contains confidential material, such contents must be placed into the background material, not in the actual public thesis. The directive by the Ministry of Education and Culture for higher education institutions (3/500/2004) is explicit in this: universities and polytechnics shall ensure that no confidential information is included in their graduation theses and dissertations and that these works become public as soon as they are approved.

At the University of Jyväskylä, theses and dissertations are saved in the publication archive JYX. See the instructions.