Contribute your digital thesis

The University maintains a collection of digital ANU theses in its Open Research repository. The University supports the wide dissemination of ANU research into the academic and wider community, and all theses deposited in Open Research appear in the National Library of Australia's Trove service and are discoverable by search engines such as Google.

Your thesis is a major research output, and there are many benefits to making your thesis available open access.

To support the University's commitment to open access to research, the University requires a copy of all Higher Degree by Research student theses and all Undergraduate Honours theses receiving a mark of First Class, to be deposited in Open Research.

Restricting access to your thesis

If you wish to restrict access to all, or part of your thesis you can elect to do so, for up to 12 months, as part of the online submission process. If, after that period, you require an extension to that restriction you will need to make an application to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) for a Higher Degree by Research thesis or the Head of School for an Undergraduate Honours thesis, detailing the reasons for the extension of the restriction and the time period being sought.

If approved, the Open Research team will be notified and restrict access to the digital version of your thesis in line with the decision made.

Concerns over publication refusal and plagiarism

Increasingly publishers across a range of disciplines are willing to accept submission for books, or journal articles, where the associated thesis is available via open access. This is also been proven by a number of studies:

It is also worthwhile noting that by publishing your thesis open access it will make it available to more potential publishers, as indicated by Harvard University Press Assistant Editor Brian Distelberg in his blog posting 'Can't Find It, Can't Sign It: On Dissertation Embargoes

"I'm always looking out for exciting new scholarship that might make for a good book, whether in formally published journal articles and conference programs, or in the conversation on Twitter and in the history blogosphere, or in conversations with scholars I meet. And so, to whatever extent open access to a dissertation increases the odds of its ideas being read and discussed more widely, I tend to think it increases the odds of my hearing about them."

ANU graduate Barbara Dawson successfully published a book through the prestigious ANU Press, based on her PhD thesis "In the eye of the beholder : representations of Australian Aborigines in the published works of colonial women writers'

Depositing your thesis in an open access repository such as the University's Open Research repository establishes your identity as the author and makes it much more difficult for others to claim your work as their own. The Australian Open Access Support Group has more information about thesis publication on their website.

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