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 be embargoed for a short period, but after that it will be become publicly available as an open access thesis.
Making your thesis open access brings lots of benefits not only to other researchers and the public who can benefit from your research, but also to you in terms of raising your visibility and impact. However, it also carries responsibilities. In particular, if you have included materials such as pictures for which you are not the copyright holder, you will need to get permission to reproduce them. You may be surprised to learn that this not only applies to the more obvious items like pictures, but also 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 so that it does not become public.
To find out more about how to handle copyright and sensitive data in your digital thesis, and how to prepare it for depositing in ORA, come along to Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA on Monday 30 April at the Radcliffe Science Library. Please note that although the session is free, booking is essential.
In the next two weeks Bodleian Libraries are running two workshops for DPhils and Researchers working with sensitive research data: the first will focus on research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities; and the second will focus on the Sciences and Medical Sciences.
These workshops will outline some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research; whether collected yourself or obtained from a third party source such as a data archive or an NHS trust or Biobank data. Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, cybersecurity and data management will be covered. Examples of scenarios or concerns drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome. The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian who will lead the session. Follow up consultations with the Data librarian or other subject consultants are also offered.
Attendance at this workshop is FREE, but online booking is essential. Click below for further information on each workshop and to book a place:
Did you know that Scopus searches far more journals than PubMed? Do you know which are the highest impact journals in your discipline? Are you keeping up to date with the latest publications in key journals?
As part of our ‘Research Skills Toolkits’ series in Week 1 we have two dedicated sessions for Medical Sciences on Wednesday 18th January and Friday 20th January.
Research Skills Toolkits are 2-hour workshops at which you have a chance to try out 10 different tools and skills which will help you in your research.
The Medical Sciences Toolkits will include the following:
Keeping up to date and current awareness
Searching for articles and papers on Scopus and Ovid databases
Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact
Your thesis and ORA – essential information about copyright and sensitive data
Plagiarism and how to avoid it
Endnote for managing citations, inserting intext references/footnotes and creating bibliographies
Oxford DPhils students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis electronically in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). Ensuring that you have copyright permission to include any information or material in your thesis which is owned by third parties is essential. In addition, if your thesis contains sensitive or confidential information you will need to apply for a dispensation from consultation. Find out more about what you need to do to ensure that you can deposit your thesis at our workshop WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA on Friday 27 January 9.15-10.15) > book your place.