Guidelines on writing an errata list
It is not possible to make any significant changes to doctoral dissertations before they go to print. You can make technical changes, for example you can correct spelling mistakes. You document the changes in a list of errors and send it to the Faculty.
The limits on what you are allowed to change is set because the thesis that is printed before the disputation must be the same as the thesis the committee has approved as worthy of defence for a PhD. The fact that it must be “the same thesis” means that you cannot make corrections that change the meaning or content of the thesis.
The only changes that candidates are allowed to make are of a “technical” nature, such as spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, mistakes in quotes, and inadequate references or errors in references. Candidates are also allowed to create indexes that are added at the end of the thesis. The errata list should be written in the same language as the thesis.
The errata list showing the changes that have been made must be presented to the Faculty at the latest four weeks before the disputation. Four printed copies of the errata list must be sent to the Faculty’s executive officer by post.
Errata list example:
Doctoral candidate: Bjørn Hansen
Titel of thesis: Fellinis male charchters in 8 1/2 and La Dolce Vita – from a feminist perspective
Abbreviations for different types of corrections:
|Page/Line/Footnote||Original text||(type of correction) Corrected text|
|vi / 8 /||“… Marcello Pastorianni personafies an archaic masculine idea …”||(Cor) “… Marcello Mastroianni personifies an archaic masculine ideal…”|
|22 / / 16||”8 ½ HAS BEEN HALED AS THE FIRST TRUELY SUCCESSFULL ATTEMPT at transferring the legacy of pirandello to the movie screen.”||(Cpltf/Kor) “8 ½ has been haled as the first truly successfull attempt at transferring the legacy of Pirandello to the movie screen.”|