There are many advantages for digitised access to Bond University higher degree theses including:
Students own the copyright in their thesis but must obtain permission to use any third party copyright material included in the thesis so that the final thesis is copyright compliant upon submission to the Library.
The following requirements apply to Bond research higher degree students (i.e. Doctoral or Masters by research) under the University Award Regulations:
Part 91 Thesis Submission*
(3) Prior to commencing the Examination process, the candidate must submit:
(a) A declaration of originality.
(b) An examination copy of the thesis to Library Services to check formatting and copyright compliance. Any irregularities will be reported to the supervisors and returned to the candidate for correction prior to submission to examiners.
(c) A structured deposit of data, including materials and methods, corresponding to the Examination copy of the thesis in accordance with the Research Data Management and Sharing Policy (TLR 5.12).
*Check the Award Regulations for the full list of requirements.
Bond University higher degree theses are placed into the University's open access repository, Pure, and are fully searchable via Library Search, Trove (National Library of Australia) and through web search engines, giving you maximum visibility for your research.
As of 21 September 2020 new online forms will be active in the WorkFowGen Portal. All current HDR students will be introduced to the new forms as required throughout their candidature.
Candidates must lodge the final version of their thesis using the Thesis Deposit form in WorkflowGen (WFG) and attach the following documents:
• A PDF file of the Thesis. The PDF will be used to upload a copy in the Library, and to produce the hardcopy for the Faculty.
• A separate Copyright Permission file (if applicable)
• A PDF copy of the candidate’s Research Data Management Plan.
The format of the thesis
The Bond HDR Handbook contains detailed information on how your thesis should be formatted and submitted.
The thesis must be submitted in PDF format. Adobe Distiller software converts documents in other formats (e.g. Word or Excel) to PDF (Portable Document Format). Online PDF conversion services are available eg. Create Adobe PDF online or Doc2PDF Online
The author should clearly indicate if all or part of the theses is restricted, and the time frames that the restrictions should apply.
The Library does not require a print copy of the thesis.
A copyright compliant Thesis can carry a Creative Commons (CC) Licence under Bond University’s Open Access Policy.
Applying a CC licence to a thesis is beneficial in protecting the work in an Open Access environment as it clearly specifies the permitted re-use of the work.
The recommended CC licence to attach to a thesis is the Attribution Non Commercial-No Derivatives Licence 4.0 (CC BY NC-ND).
NC means that the licensor reserves the right to exploit the material commercially.
The intent and purpose of the ND restriction is to protect the integrity of the work. The right to modify the work is reserved by the author.
Important note: Once a CC licence is attached to a work, such as a thesis, the licence cannot be revoked.
Applying the CC licence to your thesis is included in the Thesis submission process via the HDR Workflow Portal.
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