Rules & Regulations
Below you will find information about Publishing Guidelines, Doctoral Degree Regulations and Integrity regulations.
For most PhD candidates, doing a PhD involves writing scientific publications. As part of this process, the PhD candidate and the supervisory team discuss and agree who qualifies for co-authorship and why, but also on the ranking of the author list. The guidelines with regard to auhtorship, citation and affiliation can be downloaded here.
The WUR affiliation should be clearly identified on the research output. If all publications of a PhD candidate carry the same affiliation name, they will more likely be linked to the candidate’s name in external databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science, as well as in WUR systems Pure and Staff Publications. For more information click here.
Open Access to research results means that this material is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. The costs of Open Access publishing do not lie with the reader but with the author. For more information click here.
Doctoral Degree regulations
For the most up-to-date procedures, please visit the Hora Finita manuals.
The Doctoral Degree regulations elaborate on:
- The PhD candidate (who are you?)
- The promotor and co-promotor
- The thesis committee
- Appointment promotor
- Criteria that thesis and propositions must meet
- Evaluation of thesis and propositions
- The public defence
- The designation cum laude
- Settling disputes
- Appendices (examples and specification)
PhD candidates are strongly recommended to download a copy and familiarise themselves with the rules and regulations.
Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
All researchers at Wageningen University & Research are in their work bound by the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, including all PhD candidates. When a PhD candidate has defended his/her thesis in public and accordingly is awarded the doctorate degree, he/she must sign the degree. Upon signing the degree he/she states that he/she agrees and will live up to the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. Hence all PhD candidates must be familiar with the content of the document to know that they can live up to this code.
Integrity and privacy
Especially people who are in a dependency relationship to others, like PhD candidates, are vulnerable with respect to unwanted behaviour. WUR stands for a safe study and working environment, both physically and socially. We do not tolerate sexual intimidation or transgressive behaviour in any way or situation. We take reports extremely seriously, and each incident is one too many. We, therefore, ask you to report incidents and address others so that, together, we can ensure a safe work and study environment in which everyone feels free to speak up against boundary-crossing behaviour.
Need confidential advice? Go to the Help and Support page to find your way to PhD guidance at WUR.
Other important Documents
Guide for PhD supervisors
Guide for Promotors
Letter on Ius promovendi for all involved in PhD supervision
Regulations for enrolment MSc education Non Regular
Protocol photographer at PhD thesis defence Wageningen University & Research
Letter of the Academic Board to PhD-supervisors Aug 2021
Letter of the Academic Board to PhD-supervisors Dec 2020
Letter of the Academic Board to PhD-supervisors Nov 2019
Appendix to letter of Academic Board Aug 2021
Appendix to Letter Academic Board Nov 2019
Letter of Academic Board to PhD supervisors and candidates 2017
Authorship citation and affiliation guidelines
Rubric inter-/transdisciplinary Theses
Rubric disciplinary and multidiciplinary Theses
Table with required academic skills go/nogo decision
Letter Academic Board to supervisors 2022.12.20