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Going on an etheses mandate hunt

Posted by gazjjohnson on 22 July, 2010

A few weeks back I did some investigations into the current state of etheses submissions.  From reading webpages and speaking to a fair few other repository managers (thanks guys) I built up the following rough and ready picture of what is happening in the UK at the moment.  It’s in no way comprehensive, and I apologise if I misinterpreted anyone’s online policy – let me know and I’ll modify the details below. 

To confuse matters with terminology slightly (which seems to be an IR standard!) Where I mention moratorium that’s what we use in Leicester for temporary delayEmbargos here are more serious, semi-permanent->permanent withholding.  Some places use these terms interchangeably, but I’ve tried to standardise for how we understand them here.

  • Aberystwyth University
    Opt out mandate 2008-. PhD and selected MA/M.Scs.  Automatic moratorium 2 years.  Author requested moratorium/embargo period up to 5 years (or indefinitely), co-signed by supervisor
  • Birkbeck, University of London (1994 Grp)
    No thesis mandate currently but planned
  • Brunel University
    Opt out mandate 2008-. No student requested moratorium.  Formal embargo applied for by supervisor (3 year fixed term) to Research Support Office
  • Cambridge University (RLUK)
    Opt in mandate
  • Cardiff University (RLUK)
    No thesis mandate currently, but one planned
  • Cranfield University
    Opt out mandate
  • De Montfort University
    Opt out mandate
  • Durham University (RLUK) (1994 Grp)
    Opt out mandate 2009.  No author request moratorium period.  Author may apply for (up to) 5 year embargo through formal process.
  • Edinburgh University (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate 2005-.  1 year moratorium, repeatable.  5 year embargos can be applied for.
  • Glasgow University (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate 2007/8 -.  Author requested moratorium standard period of 3 years (with extension if required, eg commercial confidentiality). Permanent embargos agreed between the student, primary supervisor and the graduate school so the institution wouldn’t apply an embargo in isolation.
  • Goldsmiths, University of London (1994 Grp)
    Opt in mandate
  • Imperial College London (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate.  No author requested moratorium.  Formal embargo maximum two years may be applied under special circumstances.
  • Institute of Education, University of London (1994 Grp)
    Unclear, possibly opt in mandate
  • King’s College London (RLUK)
    No thesis mandate
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
    No thesis mandate currently but planned
  • LSE (RLUK)
    Opt in mandate
  • Loughborough University (1994 Grp)
    Opt out thesis mandate 2009-. No author requested moratorium.  Supervisor/HoD can request up to 3 year moratorium for “restricted access” theses
  • Newcastle University (RLUK)
    Opt in thesis mandate currently deposit “strongly encouraged”
  • Queen Mary, University of London (1994 Grp)
    Unclear, possibly no mandate.
  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
    Opt out mandate.  Ethesis only submitted.
  • Robert Gordon University
    Opt out mandate.
  • Roehampton University
    Opt out mandate. Author requested moratorium, no time period specified
  • Royal Holloway, University of London (1994 Grp)
    Opt out mandate from 1/Oct/2010-.  2 year author requested moratorium.  Formal application for longer institutionally applied embargos.
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (1994 Grp) (RLUK)
    Unclear, possibly no mandate
  •  Trinity College (Dublin) (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate
    University College London (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate
  • University of Aberdeen (RLUK)
    Unclear, opt in mandate suspected
  • University of Abertay, Dundee
    Opt out mandate
  • University of the Arts, London
    Opt in mandate
  • University of Bath (1994 Grp)
    Opt out mandate.  Author requested 1 year maximum moratorium.  Formal embargo (max 3 years) on application to Board of Studies.  Formal embargo (longer than 3 years) discussed by senate.
  • University of Bolton
    No thesis mandate currently
  • University of Birmingham (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate.  4 year author moratorium.  Formal embargo possible on application to senior committees
  • University of Bradford
    Opt out mandate 2009-.  No mention of embargo/moratorium in policy
  • University of Bristol (RLUK)
    Opt in mandate
  • University of Central Lancashire
    Opt out mandate 1/Sept/2010.  Authors may request moratoriums to be approved by Graduate Office. Embargoes will be applied for purposes of IPR, confidentiality etc
  • University of Chester
    Opt in thesis mandate
  • University of East Anglia (1994 Grp)
    Opt in mandate, Apr 2010. Authors may request a moratorium. No formal embargoes.
  • University of Essex (1994 Grp)
    Unclear, possibly no mandate
  • University of Exeter (1994 Grp)
    Opt out mandate 2008-.  Author requested moratorium up to 18 months.  Up to 5 year embargo can be formally requested
  • University of Greenwich
    Currently considering opt out mandate (Sept 2010). Mandates and embargos not yet decided
  • University of Hull
    Opt out mandate Sept 2008-. Author requested moratorium up to 5 years. Rare, v. special exceptions for long term embargo
  • University of Hertfordshire
    Opt out mandate 2007 –.  Author requested moratorium up to 2 years.  Author can apply for permanent embargo formally.
  • University of Huddersfield
    Opt out mandate 2007-.  Author requested 2 year moratorium.  Formal embargo for up to 10 years on application
  • University of Lancaster (1994 Grp)
    No mandate yet, but in planning stages
  • University of Leeds (RLUK)
    Opt out thesis mandate.  Author requested moratorium up to 5 years.  20 year embargo for thesis where a patent is pending
  • University of Leicester (1994 Grp)
    Opt out mandate, 2008-. Up to three year student requested post-award delay. Semi/Permanent embargo on formal application to Graduate Office/Senate
  • University of Lincoln
    No thesis mandate currently
  • University of Liverpool (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate 2008-.  No author requested moratorium.  Formal up to 5 year embargo on application to HoD & Supervisor
  • University of Manchester (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate 2009-.  No author requested moratorium. Formal embargoes on application to Graduate Office, strongly discouraged.
  • University of Nottingham (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate 2009-.  2 year author requested moratorium.  Permanent embargo on application to appropriate university committee
  • University of Oxford (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate 2007 (PhD, M.Litt and M.Sc (Res).  3 out of 4 divisions have author requested moratorium (3 years max).  Formal longer term embargo can applied (term TBC by Graduate Studies) to Supervisor and Director of Graduate Studies
  • University of Reading (1994 Grp)
    Unclear, possibly no mandate.
  • University of Salford
    No mandate currently, but planning work underway.
  • University of Sheffield (RLUK)
    Opt out thesis mandate 2009-.  Author requested moratorium up to 5 years. 20 year embargo for thesis where a patent is pending
  • University of Southampton (RLUK)
    Opt out mandate
  • University of St Andrews (1994 Grp)
    Opt out mandate, 2006-.  No author moratorium. Senate approved embargo can be applied for. Up to 5 years on print and/or electronic, for commercial, sensitive, pre publication/copyright reasons. Permanent embargo possible but exceptional. Abstracts and even title can be embargoed on request
  • University of Stirling
    Opt out mandate
  • University of Strathclyde
    Opt out mandate
  • University of Surrey (1994 Grp)
    No thesis mandate
  • University of Sussex (1994 Grp)
    Opt out mandate 2009-.  Electronic only thesis submission
  • University of Wales, Institute Cardiff (UWIC)
    Opt out mandate
  • University of Wales, Newport
    No mandate currently.
  • University of Warwick (RLUK)
    Opt in mandate
  • University of Westminster
    Opt out mandate
  • University of Wolverhampton
    Opt out mandate
  • University of York (1994 Grp)
    Opt out mandate 2009-.  Author requested moratorium 2 years maximum.  Embargo must be formally requested and approved

Key
Opt out mandate = student deposit of ethesis is required, unless under regulations a delay is permissible.
Opt in mandate = encouragement but not requirement to deposit.

I should note a few places asked me to redact their not-public-yet policies – so some of the omissions are due to that, and I’m more than happy to respect people’s professional wishes.  I think what I’ve taken away from this brief survey is that what we do here at Leicester is pretty much slap-bang in the centre of what other comparator institutions are doing.  Mandates for etheses deposits are very widespread throughout the UKHEI sector as a whole, and clearly where they aren’t already in place, I’d expect over the next year or so to see most if not all institutions adopting them.  Certainly one thing that is evident from the LRA statistics month after month is that these etheses are much more heavily consulted than the print ones ever were.

[Edit 23/July – I’ve added/amended a few details in the list after speaking with some repo managers]

[Edit 26/July: Also if you find this really useful – leave a comment, as it’d be nice to know where it’s being quoted/used!]

2 Responses to “Going on an etheses mandate hunt”

  1. Helen Thomas said

    UWIC – “University of Wales, Institute Cardiff” has actually got an “opt out” mandate.

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