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Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics

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Graduation information

Dissertation preparation

The student chooses one of the following two forms for the dissertation and explicitly states his/her choice in the application form:

A) Full-text dissertation

- represents a comprehensive elaboration of the given dissertation topic

- it must contain the sections Introduction, Overview of the problem, Aims of the dissertation, Material and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References (the chapters Results and Discussion cannot be merged)

- the student's publications are not part of the dissertation, but a list of them must be included (see the Dean's Regulation 2019/8)

- all experimental data presented must be included in the Results chapter

- publications related to the dissertation are to be submitted to the committee as separate materials and submitted by the student to the Department of Research and Science together with the dissertation

- the expected total length of this form of dissertation is at least 80 pages of text (excluding the list of references used) in standard formatting: Times New Roman 12b. or equivalent, 1.5 line spacing

B) Annotated set of publications

- is a comprehensive collection of at least 3 original scientific articles in which the student has contributed and whose content covers the topic of the dissertation; the collection may also include review articles, but these articles do not count towards the minimum limit of 3 articles

- it is obligatory to include the sections Introduction, Overview of the problem, Aims of the dissertation, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, References (the results and discussion are obligatory to be grouped in one chapter, the purpose of which is to present the achieved results in the context of already published findings - references to a particular publication are also added to the actual results)

- the Material and Methods section is not included as sufficient information should be included in the annotated publications

- only published articles or manuscripts already submitted for peer review can be included in the annotated set of publications (manuscripts not yet submitted cannot be included); in the case of inclusion of submitted manuscripts, confirmation of their acceptance for peer review by the R&S Department must be provided

- for each of the annotated publications, the student shall indicate his/her percentage of authorship of the publication and, separately (apart from the dissertation), provide a registration sheet confirmed by the supervisor and the corresponding author, where the percentage of authorship of all co-authors is explicitly indicated. The student submits the registration sheet together with the dissertation to the R&S department

- an overview of the student's publishing activity is supported by a list of his/her own publications and conference presentations

- the expected length of this form of dissertation is 30-40 pages of text (excluding the list of references and articles) in standard formatting: Times New Roman 12b. or equivalent, 1.5 line spacing

The minimum requirement for submitting the dissertation for defence is that part of the results have been published (or accepted for publication) in an international peer-reviewed journal with an impact factor above the median of the field and for which the student is the first author. Alternatively, at least two articles (at least one first-authored) in journals with an IF of 1 or higher, regardless of the journal median. If the articles and manuscripts included in the dissertation or submitted for defence are written with co-authors, the doctoral student must clearly define his/her substantive contribution to each of them in the dissertation. The requirement of publication in an international peer-reviewed journal cannot be replaced by another form of professional communication (congress papers, abstracts, etc.).

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