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What are e-theses?
An e-thesis is an electronic version of a thesis, and can be published in various formats.

Publishing a thesis electronically enables it to be made available 'open access' - in other words, allowing anyone in the world to read it online. The move towards open access for theses and other research output has received widespread support from UK universities and funding councils alike, and many universities are now making their theses available in this way. Newcastle University has also joined the national e-theses service, EThOS, which is developing a free full-text database of theses from across the UK.

What are the benefits of this service?

Wider readership of your thesis. PhD theses are among the least used forms of academic information, despite their immensely rich content. This is largely because access restrictions, lengthy ordering times and unwieldy formats such as microfilm have made it so difficult to use them up till now.

However, statistics show that when theses are made available electronically, their readership levels greatly increase (EThOS estimates that e-theses are 100 times more likely to be read than those in print only). Apart from the increased impact, recognition and citations which will be beneficial for your future career, this could also assist with future grant applications or even getting your thesis published.

Flexible formats. Electronic publishing offers a far greater range of formats compared with paper. You could benefit from more sophisticated ways of presenting materials such as sound recordings, images, complex datasets, maps, diagrams etc. This site has some good examples of innovative presentation features which researchers have incorporated in their electronic theses. However, please note that at present we recommend PDF (portable document format), as it is widely available and compatible, though we will be happy to discuss other requirements.

Security. Depositing an electronic copy of your thesis into the repository, which will then be copied into the national EThOS repository as well, will ensure additional 'back up'. Your rights as an author will be protected through the database licences.

For the research community
Greatly enhanced access. Researchers worldwide will now be able to search for and obtain PhD theses on demand 24/7.

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