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What is Open Access?

Open Access is simply making published research results freely available to anyone with an internet connection rather than keeping those results hidden behind a subscription paywall. The term open access was coined in 2002 as part of the Budapest Open Access Initiative. There is considerable information about Open Access here.

What are the benefits of making my thesis available Open Access?

Consider how much research goes into a PhD thesis and think about the number of PhD students worldwide. This is a huge resource of original research that will likely remain hidden unless shared. Making all of this work and its results freely available to everyone will be of great benefit to the worldwide research community. You may be required to make your thesis Open Access by your funder, please see our main theses page for more information.

What if my thesis consists of already published articles?

If your thesis consists of already published articles, your ability to provide it for Open Access mainly depends on your publisher(s) and you will need to have their permission for Open Access publication. Additionally, if your publishers agree to Open Access, there may be further requirements to consider and it would be easiest to contact us directly to talk about the necessary steps. Some further information can be found on our copyright page.

What about copyrighted material I have used in my thesis?

If you wish to publish an article or a book using material from your thesis, then you would need to seek permission again from any third party rights holders; unless you specifically state in your original request that you will also be seeking to publish using the materials as well. It is not unknown in these eventualities for a rights holder to request or expect a fee to be paid. Permission is normally granted to reuse an item ONLY under the circumstances originally requested. Please refer to our copyright pages for further information.