When you have successfully completed your MPhil or PhD (i.e. once you have completed your viva examination and any revisions your examiners have required you to make in your thesis) and in accordance with the School’s Regulations for Research Degrees (paragraphs 39.3, 41 and 56), we will ask you to provide a final electronic copy of your thesis for deposit in LSE Theses Online (LSETO). Read further information on LSETO [PDF].
Please note that this is a requirement of the degree and we cannot make an award to you until we have received a final copy of your thesis.
In exceptional circumstances, you might need to restrict access to your thesis immediately after the award has been made, for example, on the basis of the protection of individuals who were involved in your research or for commercial exploitation.
In these circumstances it is possible to request restriction of access to your thesis for a period of up to two years. In order to make a request you will need to email the PhD Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your reasons for restricting access and specifying the amount of time you require your thesis to be restricted for.
Please ensure you have read the relevant regulation (paragraph 41,Regulations for Research Degrees) and/or seek advice from a member of the PhD Academy Team before doing so. Your request will be considered for approval by the Research Degrees Subcommittee. If granted, you will still be required to provide an electronic copy of your final thesis. Your thesis title and abstract will still appear in LSETO, but the full text of it will not be accessible until the end of the agreed period of restricted access. If you also require the abstract/citation of your thesis to have restricted access, you should state this clearly in your request.
The School encourages all PhD graduates to make their research widely available in line with its own Open Access Policy and that of the RCUK.
The School’s policy limits the delay that publishers may wish to impose between online publication and availability via a repository in accordance with the RCUK commitment that “the outputs of publically funded research [is] to be freely available” The maximum acceptable embargo periods vary according to discipline; for the social sciences it is 12 months. Since LSETO has been operating (2011-12) the experience of our PhD graduates has been that depositing their work in it has had a positive rather than detrimental effect on publishing from their thesis (see information provided above).
However, the School is keen to ensure that there are no barriers to PhD graduates in publishing their work. Therefore, if necessary you can request an embargo on your thesis for a period of up to 12 months on the basis of (possible) publication. Should you wish to make a request you should email email@example.com and provide the following details: whether you have already entered into a contract with a publisher that precludes your thesis being deposited in the repository (if this is the case you will need to provide a copy of the contract); and how long you wish the embargo to be in place (the maximum period is 12 months).
Your request will be considered by the Research Degrees Subcommittee Chair. If granted, you will still be required to provide an electronic copy of your thesis. Your thesis title and the abstract will appear in LSETO but the full text will not be accessible until the end of the agreed embargo period.
If, after depositing your thesis in LSETO, you enter into a publication contract that precludes your thesis from continuing to be publicly accessible in the repository, you can make a request for it to be taken down for a period of up to 12 months. In order to make a request, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the publishing contract and specifying for how long within the 12 months possible you would wish public access to your thesis to be taken down for.
Your request will be considered for approval by the Research Degrees Subcommittee Chair. If approved, public access to the full text of your thesis will be taken down temporarily and made available via the repository at the end of the agreed take down period. Your thesis title and the abstract will continue to be accessible via LSETO. If you also need this information to be taken down from the repository you should include this in your request.