Answered By: Curtin Library
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2019     Views: 133

You own the copyright in your thesis, so it is ultimately your decision regarding how the content is made available.

However, keep in mind:

  • It is a university requirement that you make your thesis publicly available through espace, Curtin’s institutional repository (unless the thesis is subject to commercial restrictions or contains sensitive material). espace will maximise exposure to your thesis, as the access is unrestricted to the general public and your thesis record is indexed by online search engines such as Google Scholar, Trove, and OAIster.
  • Is the publisher reputable? Perhaps do an online search of the publisher to see what others are saying about the publisher. There are some publishers who engage in unethical practices, for example delivering low quality publications, charging authors inappropriate publication fees, and falsely claiming that they provide peer review.
  • Be cautious about any agreements you are asked to sign with the publisher. Are you assigning all of your copyright or will you retain some rights in the work (this could impact your future publication opportunities)? Is there an issue with your copy being available in the institutional repository as well as the publication (some publishers may want exclusivity in the content).

For further information, please refer to the Copyright at Curtin website information for HDR students and the Publish and Disseminate Research LibGuide.

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