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Electronic Deposition of Doctoral Theses

Applicable to doctoral researchers registered on PHD PROGRAMMES

For doctoral researchers at the University of Reading, it is now a requirement that an electronic copy of your thesis be deposited via an approved, secure method. This page answers some of the questions you may have about this process. In addition, there is a more detailed training module on BlackBoard (see below) to help you understand the process better.

What is electronic deposition?

Electronic deposition is one of the final stages of the process of thesis submission for doctoral researchers at Reading (see below for information on exemptions); it is a requirement for all current students on relevant PHD programmes. It involves the deposit of an electronic copy of the final version of your doctoral thesis into the University's digital Institutional Repository, CentAUR

Why is this necessary? What are the benefits?Library resources

As a researcher, you will know that visibility of research outputs is of high importance to your future career. By making your thesis available via the stable and secure platform offered by CentAUR, you will be significantly increasing the chances of your work being seen and will be a tangible means of raising your recognition and profile with potential collaborators, employers and funding bodies. It is now the established norm within UK Universities that doctoral theses are deposited not just in hard copy but also via electronically, in similar fashion to other research outputs.

There are also a number of benefits for the University and wider research community, with high quality doctoral research outputs being preserved digitally. As a result electronic deposition nationally, our researchers are also able to benefit from access to research outputs from within the University and beyond.

How do I know whether this applies to me or not?

Electronic deposition of theses is required for all doctoral level theses, with the exception of MPhil awards.

What I am I required to do and when?

You will need to submit an electronic version (in a PDF format) of the final version your thesis on Electronic Deposition of Theses.  The electronic version will then be uploaded (by University Library staff) to CentAUR.

The process is summarised below:

How can I obtain an exemption or embargo, if required?

There are times when you may wish to restrict access to your thesis, or cannot make it accessible online for reasons of copyright or other issues. The training module 'Creating your electronic thesis' will provide you with the information you need on issues including copyright, and will also help you make a decision on whether you should restrict online access to your electronic thesis.

Further guidance and training on electronic deposition of theses

A compulsory training module ('Creating your electronic thesis') has been developed to help guide you through the process of electronic deposition of theses, including issues such as:

  • Using other people's content (copyright issues)
  • Restricting access to your thesis
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • The overall process of submission

This module is accessible via BlackBoard (see link on the right-hand box of this page). All current doctoral researchers should automatically be enrolled (by the end of October at the start of the academic year) onto this module and should therefore be able to see it automatically.

If you cannot see the module when you login to BlackBoard, please email Joanna John ( we will check your enrolment status.

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