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Skemman (repository), submission of theses: Welcome

A digital repository for students´ final theses. Doctoral theses are to be submitted to the repository Opin vísindi

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Skemman was originally a cooperative venture launched by The University of Akureyri and the Teachers‘ Training College. It was hosted and managed by the Teachers‘ Training College until 2008 when the College was amalgamated with the University of Iceland and became the Faculty of Education.  In spring 2008 it was decided that the National and University Library would take over the management of Skemman.

Skemman uses DSpace software.

Institutional repository

Skemman is an institutional repository or archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of students‘ theses and research output from academic staff for the following institutions:

  • Bifröst University, 2009-Hólar University, 2011-
  • Reykjavik University, 2010-
  • The Agricultural University of Iceland, 2010-
  • The Iceland Academy of Arts, 2009-
  • The National and University Library of Iceland, 2008-
  • The Teacher‘s Training College, 2006-2008
  • The University of Akureyri, 2006-
  • The University of Iceland, 2008-

The University of Iceland in Skemman

Categories and Collections

  • ​School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Natural Sciences
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Social Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Conference proceedings
    • Institute of History´s Historical Conference
    • School of Business Spring Conference
    • Institute of Social Science´s Annual Conference
  • Electronic journals
    • Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla

Regulations for the University of Iceland

According to paragraph 54 of the University of Iceland regulations nr. 569/2009 students shall submit final theses at Bachelor's and Master's level, electronically to the database, maintained by the National and University Library, in a format determined by the library. The head of the Division of Academic Affairs may permit that a final thesis be submitted in paper format if valid reasons so warrant.

Doctoral dissertations should be submitted to the database, the institutional repository for peer reviewed articles published in open access. See submission guidance.

Open or closed access

In general most faculties support open access. Students are, however, allowed to close access to their theses for a maximum of 120 years. If closed access is chosen it is recommended that access not be closed for longer than necessary.

Three faculties have adopted mandates on open access in They are: 

  • Faculty of Business Administration (MS theses)
  • Faculty of Economics (MS theses) 
  • Faculty of History and Philosophy (BA og MA theses) .

Access to the theses should be open, but if it is important to close access temporarily, then it is necessary to state the reasons for this and the relevant faculty head and supervisor must give their approval.

Guidelines for the submission of theses at The University of Iceland.

All students graduating from the University of Iceland shall submit an electronic copy of their final bachelor or masters thesis to Skemman is the digital repository for all Icelandic universities and is maintained by the National and University Library.

The thesis should be submitted as a pdf document before the date set by the relevant faculty. Along with the thesis a signed declaration of access must also be submitted electronically. The declaration form can be found here, printed, filled in and signed and then submitted as a separate document at the same time the thesis is submitted.

Students should take care to submit the final edition of their thesis. If a mistake has been made and the student wishes to submit a new document it is possible to do this once only and only before graduation takes place. Contact

After the graduation ceremony it will no longer be possible to submit a new document.

Remember to start by changing your document to the pdf format.