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Dissertations and ACTA Series: Instructions for layout

Dissertation templates

Supplementary reading

ISO 690:2010. Information and documentation - Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations for information resources.
The standard is available at the library.

Library´s research literature collection.

References and bibliography

It is recommended to consistently use the Harvard referencing system or practice that is established in the author's branch of science. In Primo search service you can find a RefWorks reference management software.

Citing electronic documents

Instructions for layout

The recommended margins at the top and bottom of the A4 size paper are 3 cm, and at both sides of the page 2.5 cm. Also images and appendices must comply with the margins and all pages must be in portrait position. The number of pages mentioned in the Abstract-page must not include publications or the ACTA-page, and these pages are not numbered.

The pages are numbered consecutively starting from the title page (page number 1), but the numbers are visible only after the table of contents. The page numbers should be located in the header, on even pages on the left side and on odd pages on the right side. A list of publications that have been published earlier in the same series will be placed on a separate page after the main text and publications.

In article-based dissertations the author of the dissertation should clearly clarify his/her share of the work for those publications which are authored by several persons. The clarification will be added to the list of publications.

The dissertation is printed double-sided. The abstract, acknowledgements, table of contents and other starting pages as well as the main text must all start on the right-hand page.

It is recommendable to use a font which is readable when the page size is reduced to B5. The most common font is Times New Roman and size 12 points.

The standards and instructions mentioned in the section Supplementary reading should be followed.

There are dissertation templates (Word and LaTeX) available for authors.


The author sends the manuscript, ready for printing, to the LUT University Press.

The cover material is coated cardboard. The LUT University Press will add the logos and university seals to the covers.

1) Front cover

The front cover should include the following:

  • name of the series and serial number
  • copy of the university seal
  • name of the author
  • name of the publication

2) Title page

The title page should include the LUT logo (top of the page), author(s) and the name of the dissertation (middle of the page) and the name of the series including the serial number aligning left (bottom of the page). Double doctoral degree and joint supervision dissertations may include the logo of the partner university as well as information about the agreement.

Information about the dissertation is in the middle of the title page

  • name of the author
  • name of the dissertation
  • name of the degree
  • place of the public examination of the doctoral dissertation
  • date of the public examination of the doctoral dissertation


Dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Science (Technology) to be presented with due permission for public examination and criticism in the Auditorium of the Student Union House at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, Lappeenranta, Finland, on the 12th of May, 2023, at noon.

3) Back of the title page

The names and workplaces of the supervisor(s), reviewers (ie. preliminary examiners) and opponent(s) are printed on the overleaf of the title page.


Supervisor               Professor N.N.
                                LUT School of ...
                                Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT

Reviewers               Professor N.N.
                                Department ...
                                University ...

                                Professor N.N.
                                Department ...
                                University ...

Opponent                Professor N.N.
                                Department ...
                                University ...

The bottom of the page (centered) should include the ISBN, ISBN (PDF), ISSN (Print) and ISSN (Online) codes, the name of the printing house and publishing year.

4) Abstract

Bibliographical information is inserted in the abstract before the text part. Keywords are inserted after the text part.



Name of author
Name of publication

Lappeenranta YEAR
XX p.
Acta Universitatis Lappeenrantaensis XXX
Diss. Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT
ISSN 1456-4491 (Print), ISSN 2814-5518 (Online)

The text part of the abstract


5) Back cover

Top of page should include:

  • university seal

Lower part should include:

  • LUT logo
  • ISBN, ISBN (PDF), ISSN (Print) and ISSN (Online) codes
  • place and year of publication

6) Spine of the publication

  • serial number, the name of the publication and the name of the author