The Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) has some interesting ideas here to get PhD students thinking about the pros and cons of making their work available to a broader range of readers.
After three, four (… seven) years of hard slog, of course you do. There’s a ‘joke’ around that the only people who will ever read your thesis (besides you) will be your supervisor, the examiners and your mum. And she will just *say* she read it.
It should not be this way. The reality is that PhD theses (or dissertations as they are called overseas) contain a huge untapped resource of original research that sits hidden unless it is shared.
It is usually a requirement of graduation that a copy of the thesis is held in the university library and is available for ‘borrowing’ on request. This can be by physically going to the library and requesting to see the printed version, or by requesting a copy through interlibrary loan. I can attest, by looking at the borrowing list on the inner binding of many theses held in the library of…
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