The cumulative PhD thesis consists of a framework paper and publications, which are attached as annexe to this framework paper.
The framework paper has to ...
- Set up the stage for the overall problem (provide scientific context and some related work);
- Explain the area of investigation and the research goals/hypotheses (in a way which is understandable also for non-area specific scholars);
- Explain the connection between the papers;
- Summarize the overall results (achievements, scientific contribution and impact, limitations, and future work).