The imprimatur (emphasis on the prefix syllable ; Latin for "Es wird gilt ", also Imprimi potest "Es kann werden"); in Austria and in Catholic regions of Germany, for example in the Rhineland , with grammatical and phonetic alignment to words such candidacy , filing also the imprimatur with emphasis on the last syllable) is the print approval after all the necessary corrections of the proofs is granted by the author or publisher of a book or a graphic by the artist. It is the last valid document for all those involved in the workflow for corrections. In a narrower sense, imprimatur also refers to the sign (hand sign, stamp, etc.) of an officially appointed censor , for example during the pre-March press censorship.
In the case of theological works, the imprimatur denotes the permission to print by a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church . Up until the Second Vatican Council , every book publication by teachers of Catholic theology, priests and members of the order needed the imprimatur. It was also identified by a note usually printed on the back of the title page, Nihil obstat (Latin for "nothing stands in the way"). Today it is only granted at the express request of an author. The publications of the theologians authorized by the ecclesiastical teaching post are still subject to the assessment and, if necessary, objection by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith .
In the doctoral process , the imprimatur or the approval for printing refers to the last step before the publication of a dissertation . It must be issued by the appointed body or its members and serves to correct any formal deficiencies that may still exist after the evaluation of the actual doctoral thesis.