All Queen’s Postgraduate Research students are required to upload an electronic copy of their final thesis to Pure. This is a requirement to successfully graduate
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There are a number of major advantages to uploading your thesis into Pure:
Increased visibility for your thesis
Increased visibility for you as a researcher
Increased use of your research. It is opened up to the entire world.
Theses are searchable via Queen's Research Portal, EThOS and online search engines such as Google
Greater citation for your work
Potential for increased recognition of your work
Potential for greater collaboration opportunities and possible spin-off projects
Digital preservation of your work electronically
Lowering the cost of submitting and handling, saving space, time, money and paper
It may be fulfil the requirement of your funder e.g. UKRI funded students
It helps make your research FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)
For Postgraduate Research students who are funded by the UK Research Councils, there are particular terms and conditions regarding their funding:
The thesis should be deposited as soon as possible and available no later than 12 months following award of the doctorate. This means applying for an embargo for a period not exceeding 12 months following the award.
The research ought also to acknowledge receipt of Research Council funding.
Note that UKRI funding is covered by the following councils: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC & STFC.
Please see Research Council Training Grant Guide (nos. 91-92) for further information.
Uploading your thesis to Pure increases your visibility and digitally preserves your work. Pure is continually backed up so there is no danger of your thesis being lost.
If there is anything that can’t be shared in your thesis (for whatever reason) it can be temporarily embargoed. If there is content that can’t be shared because it is sensitive or it breaches copyright, it can be redacted. Redaction is simply blanking out the offending text.
With all these measures in place, it is actually safer having your thesis in Pure than in ResearchGate. Why? ResearchGate is not an repository, it is a file sharing /social media site so copyright is breached all the time. Also, be advised if have embargoed your thesis in Pure, it is not advisable to share it, particularly on platforms such or Academia.edu because you could be scooped that way!
A useful strategy to ensuring that your thesis is safe online is to Google stalk yourself – look online for the title of your thesis, title of your thesis chapters as well – does it exist on the internet as a book or some resource you have to pay to access? It is very unlikely but it is advised that you should monitor what is out there on the internet, particularly in relation to your thesis.
Get in touch with the Open Research Librarian for Theses if anything untoward happens. The copyright is likely to exist with you as the author, but I can advise on what you might possibly be able to do.