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Copyright and Higher Degree Theses: UWA Profiles and Research Repository

Copyright compliance is an essential part of research and publication for higher degree by research students

Thesis deposit requirement

UWA students who commenced their candidature after March 2003 are required to deposit their thesis with the UWA Profiles and Research Repository, and will have been advised of this requirement by the Graduate Research School.

Depositing a thesis in the Repository does not affect your copyright ownership of the work. The copyright remains yours until you transfer it to another party (for example, when publishing parts or all of the work with a publisher).

If you have included the work of others within your thesis, then you must have their permission to publish the work in the Repository before depositing your thesis. Refer to the Using third party material tab for guidance on seeking permission and the importance of acknowledging third party copyright sources. Should permission not be granted the work must be removed from the thesis prior to depositing in the Repository.

Publishing your thesis

Publishing your thesis material commercially, or with an open access publisher, requires an understanding of publishers' policies as these will have an impact on your options for current and future use. 

The legitimacy of publisher should also be part of your investigation to ensure you are choosing a quality publisher. The Think - Check - Submit website may help you to determine the legitimacy of a journal. 

Ideally such investigation should be done before depositing your thesis with the Repository. If your thesis material has already been published commercially, you will need to seek the publisher's permission for your thesis to be on open access in the Repository, otherwise restricted access may be necessary.

To lean more about publishers' policies, use the SHERPA/ROMEO database of publisher copyright and self archiving policies.

Restricted access

If you have concerns about publishing your thesis in the Repository, or if your thesis contains information which must remain confidential, then you can apply for restricted access to your thesis. The Graduate Research School handles applications for restricted access.

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