PGR students and doctoral supervisors may use this guide to find further information on the following topics:
Remember that you can search for, access and download many Doctoral and Masters (Research) theses from our theses repository, Durham eTheses.
Durham University's Open Access Policy requires that all Durham theses (with a few exceptions in extreme cases) will be required to be made open access; freely available to all with an internet connection.
Whilst authors of doctoral and masters theses may benefit from some exemptions to copyright for the purpose of examination, it is important that the copy of the thesis made available via Durham e-Theses complies with all copyright requirements - in particular where you have included third party copyright material within your thesis (photographs, maps, site-plans).
When depositing, you can choose from a range of licences (including Creative Commons licences, which offer options clearly indicating what uses can be made of your thesis, and which support researchers who may be commercially funded) and copyright statements to deposit the work under.
Further information can be found at:
Aiming to develop the research presented in your thesis for publication, either in one or more journal articles or as a monograph, is something you may wish to consider as a means to raise the profile of your work, or may be a common "next step" on the academic career path in your discipline.
You should aim to discuss your aspirations and plans with your supervisor or department in the first instance, but we have provided some additional questions you should think about on this page.
These are a few questions you should consider if you are thinking of publishing part or all of your thesis.
Durham University "is committed to sharing the findings of its world-class research as widely as possible to enhance its use and impact within the academic and research community and more widely within society." This aims to reduce the barriers, where appropriate, to allowing researchers, including prospective doctoral students, to read and build upon your research.
Many publishers are members of CoPE, including Sage, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier and Royal Society Publishing. CoPE's policies on Intellectual Property for members to adhere to states that:
CoPE are currently consulting members as to best practice approaches to take, with the General Advice included in their March 2017 discussion paper indicating:
"Elsevier welcomes submissions from authors and will consider these for publication where work has not previously been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Elsevier does not view the following prior uses of a work as prior publication:
Elsevier policy on pre-publication (Jan 2016)
"Palgrave Macmillan will consider submissions containing material that has previously formed part of a PhD or other academic thesis including those that have been made publicly available according to the requirements of the institution awarding the qualification. Prospective authors should bear in mind that every PhD thesis will need to undergo rigorous revision in order to be published as a monograph with our press."
Palgrave Macmillan guidance (Sep 2020)
"Most dissertations and theses posted in institutional repositories will be considered for publication, except where they are "the same or substantially the same as any previously published work"."
Sage policy on prior publication (July 2018)
WILEY PUBLISHING (INCLUDING BLACKWELL)
"The following types of “prior publication” do not present cause for concerns about duplicate or redundant publication:
Wiley Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics (July 2018)
PhD students are required to deposit a PDF of their thesis in Durham e-Theses, the University's open access e-theses repository. Durham e-Theses contains:
Theses in Durham e-Theses are available alongside other UK theses through the British Library's eThos service, the open access aggregator service Core.ac.uk and other services.
Should you have reason to place an embargo on your thesis in Durham e-Theses, please download, complete and email the Restricting Access to your Thesis form to the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your request must be authorised by both your primary Supervisor and Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research.
Full guidance can be found on here or can be downloaded as a pdf as below.