Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We have compiled the most frequently asked questions for you. Should your question not be discussed, have a look at our manual ‘How to make a PhD-Thesis!’
General questions (14)
What is the period for payment?
We ask you kindly to settle the invoice 14 days after we have delivered your PhD-Thesis books and any other orders. Administration costs will not be charged if you use the direct debit form. This direct debit form has to be in our possession at least a week before the planned delivery date. You can fill out a direct debit form here.
How will transport and delivery be taken care of?
If you pick up your order at our offices in Ede no transport costs will be charged. Your order can be delivered to one or more addresses within The Netherlands at extra costs.
Can you supply an ISBN number?
Yes, we can supply an ISBN number for your PhD-Thesis. More information can be found here.
Can GVO do the formatting of my inside work and/or cover for me?
Yes, we can offer you a choice from 5 different formats and five different fonts for an all in price. Have a look at our inspiration book here for examples.
Can I supply my Thesis on A4 size?
For a fast processing supplying the file on the final size (170x240 mm) is preferred. We can, however, reduce the size for you. Make sure that before the size is reduced the size of the font is at least 12 point and no lines are smaller than 0.30 point.
From which types and weights of paper can I choose?
Smooth surface: 100 gram Mc, silk paper (slightly glossy) Rough surface: 90 grams Groundwood free offset paper (matte, white) Rough surface: 90 grams Groundwood free offset paper, unbleached (matte, off-white)
Which VAT rate is applicable to my PhD-Thesis?
Thesis books fall under the 6% VAT rate. More information can be found on the Inland Revenue website.
What is the best way to supply my colour images?
Make sure your images are built up in CMYK colour with a minimal resolution of 300dpi. Your Thesis will be printed in CMYK colours. Supply the files as a JP(E)G, TIFF or EPS file. Never use RGB colour images! If we have to turn RGB images into CMYK images the colours will look different. Never judge colour based on what you see on your computer screen. Instead, ask us to make a printed proof!
Will I receive a printed proof before the books are produced?
Yes, you will always receive a (digital) proof before we start producing the books. Only when you have accorded the proofs will we start production.
Is it possible to process the order extra fast?
Yes, a lot is possible when you consul us.
What is the delivery time?
The date of your PhD ceremony is decisive for the planning. Check the planning at your university with the Beadle. We need about 3 weeks to print your PhD-Thesis. Week 1, preparing the files for printing, week 2 printing, week 3 finishing the books (sewing/gluing) and delivery.
Are there possibilities for group reductions?
Yes, we have reduction arrangements with many universities and faculties. We can also offer you a reduction if 3 or more people print their PhD-Thesis with us.
How are Thesis books finished?
We offer a choice between sewn binding and adhesive binding.
I do not understand a graphic term
We discuss graphic terms extensively in our manual.
How will the cover be finished?
The cover will be finished with a laminate layer. Laminate is a thin, transparent foil that is applied to protect the cover. U can choose between glossy and matte laminate and, if you should whish, with the addition of spot UV-varnish (extra gloss).
Which computer programme can I use to format my cover?
Programmes such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXpress or Adobe InDesign are good programmes to use for your detail drawing. Take note! Adobe Photoshop is less suitable to format text. It will raster your text and this not always desirable. It is best to make your text in a different programme and combine the files in a graphics programme.
Inside work (3)
My text is built up in RGB or CMYK colours. Is this a problem?
This is not advisable because all your pages will be processed as colour pages. The text needs to be 100% black. A computer programme such as Microsoft Word is unsuitable for (offset) printing. It will automatically display in RGB colours. These are three colours that appear to be black, but are not.
I want a number of pages to contain colour and the rest to be grey scale, how do I achieve this?
To make a PDF file follow these instructions. When you have followed the instructions you should have two files. The original file and the grey scale file. Select the pages that have to contain colour from the original PDF file and use them to replace the corresponding pages in the grey scale file. Save the file and give it the final name.
How do I convert my PDF to grey scale?
Follow these instructions.