Requirements for dissertations and dissertation abstracts
3.1. A dissertation for a PhD degree must be an independent scientific work of the candidate and meet one of the following requirements:
3.1.1. the dissertation should propose a new solution to the problem of great importance in the relevant field of science;
3.1.2. the dissertation should give an improved scientific statement of economic, technical and technological developments of great practical importance.
3.2. A dissertation for a degree of Doctor of Science must be an independent scientific work of the candidate and meet one of the following requirements:
3.2.1. the dissertation should offer a solution to a new scientific problem of great importance;
3.2.2. the dissertation should put forward and develop new substantiated theoretical provisions that can be considered important for the future development of the relevant field of science;
3.2.3. the dissertation should present a solution of new, scientifically and technically substantiated technical and technological developments that make a significant contribution to accelerating scientific and technological progress.
3.3. A dissertation is a completed research work containing a set of scientific provisions and results independently written by the candidate and put forward for defense.
3.4. A dissertation must have internal unity and indicate the candidate's contribution to science.
3.5. The content of the dissertation should reflect the following:
3.5.1. the scientific problem should be substantiated and set, the relevance, subject, aim and objectives of the study defined;
3.5.2. an analytical review of the scientific literature on the topic of research, including foreign sources of scientific information, should be given;
3.5.3. scientific provisions subject to defense should be clearly stated;
3.5.4. scientific innovations proposed by the candidate should be substantiated and critically evaluated in comparison with existing facts and scientific views;
3.5.5. an explanation of the obtained results should be given for the individual parts of the dissertation;
3.5.6. the final results of the dissertation should be presented, indicating the main scientific innovations and substantiation of their significance;
3.5.7. recommendations should be given on the use and application of the scientific results obtained;
3.5.8. in a dissertation of practical significance, information should be presented on the practical application of the scientific results obtained by the candidate, in a dissertation of theoretical significance, recommendations on the application of scientific results should be given;
3.5.9. the list of used literature should also include published scientific works reflecting the main results of the candidate's dissertation.
3.6. In a dissertation for a degree of Doctor of Science, the candidate may use no more than one fifth of his/her PhD dissertation.
3.7. In the defense of a dissertation for a degree of Doctor of Science, the candidate cannot put forward the scientific provisions and results put forward in the defense of a PhD dissertation.
3.8. A dissertation for a PhD degree should be in A4 format, 200,000–240,000 characters (excluding figures, tables, charts, annexes and list of references) in length; a dissertation for a degree of Doctor of Science should be in A4 format, 400,000-440,000 characters (excluding figures, tables, charts, annexes and list of references) in length. The length of a dissertation in the humanities can exceed the allowed length by to 20%; the length of a dissertation in natural science up can be reduced by up to 20%.
3.9. The candidate should make references to the sources and authors of the materials used in writing the dissertation.
3.10. When using scientific ideas and developments belonging to a team of authors, the candidate must note this in the dissertation.
3.11. The dissertation may be submitted in Azerbaijani or Russian.
3.12. The dissertation is signed by the candidate, the scientific supervisor or scientific adviser.
3.13. The dissertation is drafted in the manner established by the Commission.
3.14. The requirements for dissertations and their abstracts containing information constituting a state secret are determined by the Commission.
3.15. If the dissertation is accepted for defense, a 36,000-40,000 characters long (excluding the list of references) abstract in the A5 format is printed for a dissertation for a PhD degree and a 76,000-80,000 characters long (excluding the list of references) abstract in the A5 format is printed for a dissertation for a degree of Doctor of Science. The length of dissertation abstracts in the humanities may exceed the allowed length by up to 20%.
3.16. The abstract should state the main ideas and conclusions of the dissertation, the degree of novelty, the scientific and practical significance of the research results and the candidate's personal contribution to the study, with the preservation of the structure of the dissertation.
3.17. The abstract may be submitted in Azerbaijani or Russian.
3.18. If the abstract is written in Azerbaijani, it is also printed in English in the number of copies determined by the Commission (no more than 30).
3.19. If the abstract is written in Russian, it is also printed in Azerbaijani and English in the number of copies determined by the Commission (no more than 30 for each language).
3.20. The abstract is signed by the chairperson of the dissertation council, the academic secretary and the head of the scientific seminar established at the dissertation council.
3.21. The abstract is sent to the addresses on the list determined by the Commission, no later than a month before the dissertation is defended.
3.22. The abstract is drafted in the manner established by the Commission.
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