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One Collection (of theses) to rule them all!

Posted by gazjjohnson on 30 November, 2010

Over the last few working days I’ve finally had the chance to create a collection of all the electronic theses on the LRA.  You can view the collection (sorted by title) here.  For harvesting purposes from EThOS & DART Europe and the like this will certainly help matters.  You can also subscribe to the collections RSS feed here.  It’s a collection that grows somewhere between 20-40 theses a month!

Theses in this collection are actually mirrored from their subject collections – so if you want to view only a specific department’s theses, then you simply need to view the community of interest.  Couldn’t be easier!

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300th Thesis

Posted by gazjjohnson on 4 August, 2010

We’ve passed a milestone for the LRA this week with the addition of the 300th new PhD ethesis onto the repository.  While we’ve got more than 300 theses on the LRA as a whole (525 actually as of today), many of these are older retrospective ones from before the 2008 introduction of a theses mandate from the University.

For interest here’s a link to the 300th one we added:

Andrew Robin Birley (2010) The nature and significance of extramural settlement at Vindolanda and other selected sites on the Northern Frontier of Roman Britain

Theses, as I’ve noted elsewhere, continue to be among our most popular items on the LRA, which is good for the author and the university too. My thanks to my team and everyone involved in the processing and ingest of this item.

Now on to our next 300!

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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!]

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Surprise! EThOS changes its interface

Posted by gazjjohnson on 26 May, 2010

Spotted this morning by one of my eagle-eyed team (thanks Valérie) that the British Library EThOS e-thesis service has changed it’s interface.  For the most part this is the introduction of a few nicer looking buttons to replace text links.  However, the biggest change is the revision to how searching results now look.

Ethos searching results

Where a thesis is available for immediate download a little PDF symbol appears, although confusingly this is not a hot link.  You need to click on the hyperlinked title to access the individual thesis record.  However, on this next screen (shown below) you will not be able to download or even see the options for downloading unless you are logged into your personal EThOS account.

Downloading a thesis

Once logged in you will now see a somewhat alarming Choose Pricing/Delivery link click on this and you will be given the options.  I feel this is a little misleading given that many of the thesis (including my example above) are available for download at no cost.  At this point you can proceed through the familiar add to basket, confirmation, create order and finally download.

While this does improve the look and feel of the site I think it falls down on three points – the lack of announcement from Ethos that this was happening, the lack of updated user guides and the alarming Pricing/Delivery option that will put a lot of people off downloading theses for fear they will be charged.  While there are a number (around 30) universities who do charge the first user for new digitization of theses, the vast majority of us in the EThOS scheme (Leicester included) don’t, and so this is rather a false impression.

How the rest of the thesis user community reacts to this will be very interesting.

[Edit: Just noticed that some places, like Edinburgh above, have their university logo attached.  Leicester doesn’t (I’m not aware of us being approached for them to use it) currently have this appended to our theses on there.  I actually quite like this, as it helps with the branding – but I would like them to link back to our repository as well]

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EThOS Moves to Beta testing Phase 2

Posted by gazjjohnson on 20 January, 2009

A quote from the EThOS press release this morning:

EThOS goes into the second phase of beta testing phase this afternoon (20th January 2009). This means that you will now be able to order theses from ethos.bl.uk and, should researchers request theses from your institution, you will be requested to send them to The British Library for digitisation.

You can read that news in full here.  Naturally this may cause more excitement for our document supply colleagues, but I thought you might all appreciate being brought up to date.

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Theses are the days we remember

Posted by gazjjohnson on 13 November, 2008

Just run the first of the e-theses submission sessions on behalf of Keith and Hywel, in this case to 3rd year education PhD students.  Seemed to go quite well, despite the mix of jet lagged and baffled students – the Stables rooms are not the easiest places to find.  Mind you the lighting could do with some tweaks as well, as cast a very soporific sheen over the room.

They seemed reassured by my repeated statements about this being goodfor them, their visibility and their careers.  I also laid the library/university’s helpfulness on with a trowel, which I think was the real key to assuaging their worries.

The questions were mostly about points the late comers had missed, though one overseas student was clearly concerned still by the copyright issues.  Not so much third party, but just the general Open Access unease many academics still have.  I did my best to salve his worries, but encouraged him to get in touch with the LRA to talk it over in greater and more specific details.

But all in all a good start, and doubtless a session all we Information Librarians will be repeating in the coming months.

Slides are  at: http://tinyurl.com/55l6kq

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