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Digital theses and ORA: Deposit checklist

Deposit checklist

This checklist should help you with some of the things you'll need to consider before depositing in ORA.

Have I checked permissions and rights?

Where to get help & information


Do you have all the rights to make your work available, or do you need permission from other rightsholders for things such as images?  Have you anonymised your work or results sufficiently, or obtained explicit consent from any subjects whose identity could be revealed from making your paper publically available?

See info on copyright

Which file format(s) should I deposit?  

We accept any file type for preservation in ORA, but you may wish to consider which formats will ensure the broadest possible accessibility by others, both now and in the future. To help future-proof your work you may wish to deposit more than one format of the same item.

For example, plain text files (such as .txt; .csv; .html; .xml) are both human and machine readable, and can be opened in any operating system by a wide range of applications, unlike some proprietary software formats.

See info on what to deposit

Versions ready?




Do you have both versions of your work to deposit. Note: an archive version is specifically required in order to be cleared for graduation. 

See info on what to deposit

Do I need to apply for dispensation from consultation?  

You may require an extension to the embargo period depending on your agreement with your publisher or funding body, or if there are national security, legal, ethical or commercial constraints on making your work publically available.

When an item is embargoed in ORA, the associated metadata record is usually visible, but the full text cannot cannot be viewed or downloaded. If necessary, both the file/s and the descriptive record can be hidden from public view.

See info on dispensation