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.
If the copyright of a publication has been, or will be, assigned or transferred to a publisher permission must be sought to reproduce the work in the thesis and allow for a digital copy of the final published version to be made available in the theses collection of the University's Open Access Research Portal.
Publisher permission for the reproduction of copyright works, e.g. articles, graphics, surveys, can take different routes.
The permission letter template in the Copyright for Researchers Toolkit (above) can be used in many cases, however some publishers direct permission requests through to the Copyright Clearance Centre based in the USA, whilst other publishers have their own online permission request form. This information is often found on the same page as the published article, or on the journal website.
! Refer to the HDR Handbook for important detailed information on the treatment of published works in a thesis.
The Manager, Scholarly Publications & Copyright can assist with the copyright permissions process and general copyright queries.
If the published version of an article is to be included in the thesis the publisher's permission statement must appear before the article.
Author, Title, Journal Title, Volume/Issue, DOI, Copyright ©, [year], Link to the published article on the publisher's website.
Reproduced with permission from [Publisher].
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.
As of 21 September 2020 new online forms will be active in the Workflow Portal. If you are currently in the pre-examination stage you will be introduced to the new forms as required throughout your candidature.
If you are currently in the post-examination stage of your thesis you may use the forms below.
A signed copy of the Theses Copyright Statement and Deposit Form and Candidate's instructions regarding the availability of the thesis together with a file of all copyright permissions must be submitted with the electronic copy of your thesis. These forms, file of copyright permissions and the electronic copy of the thesis will be submitted to the Library on your behalf by the Faculty Research Development Manager. Print copies of Bond theses are no longer required to be submitted as of 23 March 2017.
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 Bond HDR Handbook contains detailed information on how your thesis should be formatted and submitted.
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