Open Access and Doctoral Theses

Universities generally now require that e-versions of doctoral theses are deposited in their online repositories and made available as open access. This is also a requirement of many funders.

As requirements vary the general advice is that policies of publishers, individual journals and funders need to be checked and advice sought from the institution where the thesis will be deposited. 

UKRIO has compiled a list of resources to aid the process.

Guidelines and Discussion Documents

Webinars and Videos

  • Five useful videos from Cambridge University entitled ‘My thesis, open access and me: experiences of submitting a digital PhD thesis at the University of Cambridge’.  Cambridge doctoral candidates and graduates talk about open access and their PhD theses:

Last revised February 2022. 


Please note that this list of resources is not intended to be exhaustive and should not be seen as a substitute for advice from suitably qualified persons. UKRIO is not responsible for the content of external websites linked to from this page. If you would like to seek advice from UKRIO, information on our role and remit and on how to contact us is available here.

UKRIO would like to thank our Advisory Board and other volunteers for their help in putting this list together.