Calling all DPhils – what you need to know about Open Access and your thesis

If you are an Oxford DPhil, you are probably aware that you are required to deposit a digital copy of your thesis in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). Once deposited your thesis will, after a short embargo period, become publicly available via ORA.

Since your thesis will eventually be publicly available on ORA, it is essential that you get permission to reproduce any materials (e.g. pictures etc) where a third party holds the copyright. This may even apply to materials that you have authored yourself (e.g. journal articles) if the copyright belongs to a third party such as a publisher. Our top tip is to be aware of copyright issues as early as possible in your research as getting permissions as you go along is usually much easier than leaving it until you have finished your thesis.

In addition, if your thesis includes sensitive or confidential material you may need to apply for a ‘dispensation from consultation’ for the whole or part of your thesis.

To find out more about how to handle copyright and sensitive data in your digital thesis, come along to Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA, on Wednesday 18th November 14.00-15.00 in the Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road. Please note that although this session is free, booking is essential