European / International Joint Ph.D. in
Social Representation and Communication

Short Version of the Thesis

The short version of the thesis in the Article Fomat is aimed at presenting the concise summary of the whole thesis and must be understandable without references to the extended version of the thesis (both conventional or three-paper model).

Language: It should be written in British ENGLISH in a format ready for submission to an international journal.

Length: The length of the short version of the thesis in the Article Fomat may vary depending on the complexity of the study carried out and of the interrelated research lines. However, it should be comprised between at least 10.000 and a maximum of 15.000 words, including the abstract, main text and endnotes, but excluding references, tables and figures.

The Print format, Tables and figures and Standards for bibliographical citations and format of the bibliography are the same as the full version of the thesis (see sections 2.3, 2.5 and 2.6 at the following link). 

Structure: The short article - following the title page must include:

  • Cover page: All in English, setting out the name of the institution, the title of the thesis, the year of enrolment, the first name(s) and family name of the national tutor and the two foreign supervisors, the name of the candidate and the academic year in which it is to be presented. The model to be used is available at:
  • Acknowledgment to any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) and eventual disclaimer
  • IPR agreement
  • Outline containing the content of the short version of the thesis in chapters and paragraphs with the corresponding page numbers. It must be divided into chapters and paragraphs (and if necessary into sub-paragraphs), all of which must be enumerated in the following sequential fashion: 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2; 1.2, 1.2.1, 1,2.2; 2,2.1, etc
  • Abstract of no more than 250 words. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. Abstracts must end with a key message, emphasising the research outcome or contribution of the article.
  • Keywords: four to five keywords should be listed below the abstract
  • Theoretical framework
  • Objectives and hypotheses
  • Research plan
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion



If more than a research line or study have been conducted a justification of their integrated or at least interrelated nature should be provided, possibily avoiding the sequential justapposition of study 1, study 2, study 3 (more details about each section is available at