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1 LIBRARY SERVICES Publishing your digital thesis via QUT ePrints Contact: Paula Callan eResearch Access Coordinator QUT Library Stephanie Bradbury Research Support Librarian QUT Library

2 LIBRARY SERVICES Since 2004, all PhD and Masters by Research candidates are required to submit print and digital copies of their theses. Print version is held in the Library Digital version is made available (full-text) via QUT ePrints QUT Policy:

3 LIBRARY SERVICES Digital Theses in QUT ePrints

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5 LIBRARY SERVICES National Library Portal - Trove

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7 LIBRARY SERVICES Once it is in QUT ePrints, your thesis will also be found via other search services

8 LIBRARY SERVICES Copyright implications…. When your digital thesis is placed online, you are communicating it to the public (an act reserved for copyright owners). If your thesis contains any material owned by a third party (i.e not you), placing this material online is a copyright infringement – unless permission has been granted. –Figures & tables –Images –Articles written by the thesis author but copyright has been assigned to a publisher

9 LIBRARY SERVICES Copyright implications…. When you submit your ‘Final’ thesis, you will be asked to sign a form saying that the digital version does not include any copyright material for which you have not arranged permission. If you have not been able to arrange the necessary permissions, please remove the material from your digital version before final submission.

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11 LIBRARY SERVICES Requesting permissions Model permission request letter is available for you to customise Keep responses Attach copies to your final submission form

12 LIBRARY SERVICES For more information …… “Requirements for Presenting Theses” booklet available online Includes information about third party copyright materials and the need for proof of permission

13 LIBRARY SERVICES Embargoes & Exemptions It is possible to request an embargo period for your digital thesis (generally no longer than 2 years) Must be approved by the faculty before final submission In some cases, a permanent embargo is possible (needs to be justified) Creative works (eg novels) can be exempted (but exegesis must be made available online). Add comment to final submission form if exemption has been approved.

14 LIBRARY SERVICES Solicitations from ‘Print on Demand’ publishers Recently, some commercial journal publishers have been experimenting with ‘author-side’ fees as an option for providing open access while maintaining current profit levels. New technology makes it possible to print paper-back books in minutes from digital text files.

15 LIBRARY SERVICES Solicitations from ‘Print on Demand’ publishers These developments have given rise to a new ‘business opportunity’ – print on demand publishing. Authors ‘gift’ their text to the publisher in exchange for a couple of free copies. The publisher then owns the work and is free to sell it to make a profit. Some eg VDM Verlag and Icfai Press have been approaching authors of PhD theses that available online.

16 LIBRARY SERVICES Solicitations from ‘Print on Demand’ publishers Warning: Read the small print of the contract. If the publisher owns the copyright, you will not be able to re-use your own work without their permission. At the very least, you must assert the right to retain a copy of the digital version of your thesis in QUT ePrints.

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