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Coronavirus Update

Due to the current situation the Bodleian Libraries are now closed until further notice. The health, welfare and safety of readers and staff is our number one priority. If you wish to contact the ORA team please send an email to:

The requirement to submit a hardbound copy of your DPhil thesis to the Exam Schools has been temporarily suspended for the remainder of the academic year. However, to graduate at a degree ceremony you will still need to submit an electronic copy to the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) a minimum of five working days prior to your graduation date. You should then plan to submit a hardbound copy to the Exam Schools between January and March 2021.

Up to date guidance for students and staff can be found on the Covid-19 FAQ page: “

About ORA

The University of Oxford is committed to the dissemination of its research, and in support of this commitment provides ORA. The Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) was established in 2007 as a permanent and secure online archive of research materials produced by members of the University of Oxford.

It provides a single point of public access to electronic copies of peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings by Oxford authors and Oxford research theses, created in fulfilment of University of Oxford Awards.  This also provides a means for institutional compliance with funders’ Open Access requirements.

ORA is maintained by staff within the Bodleian Digital Libraries System and Services Department (BDLSS) of the Bodleian Libraries. Contact details are available here.

There are a number of benefits to storing your thesis in ORA and making your thesis freely available:

Benefits for authors

  • Makes your research easily available to a wider audience
  • Gain wider recognition for your research
  • Easy access
  • Persistant links
  • Easily citable
  • Long term preservation

Benefits for the University and wider society

  • Previously difficult to find and access research is easy to obtain
  • Brings Oxford research to the attention of a wider audience
  • Keeps Oxford in line with mainstream delivery of theses online from other universities
  • Benefits those who previously might not have had access to Oxford theses

Oxford Research Archive






Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) is an institutional repository for the University of Oxford and is home to the scholarly output of its research members. It holds publications, theses and research data.

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