Please be aware that the author of the thesis usually holds the copyright of their thesis. The University of Oxford does not assert copyright over research theses.
A number of Oxford research students consider publishing their thesis as a monograph and may spend significant time finding a publisher and going through the editorial process.
Some early career researchers are approached by external organisations to publish their thesis. Understandably, this can be flattering for the researcher. Although some unsolicited approaches are from reputable publishers, many of these offers are from predatory publishers.
Typically a predatory publisher wants to obtain the thesis copyright, meaning you would relinquish control over your own work, including how or where it is used, or to whom it may be sold for the publisher’s sole profit.
The following should be kept in mind:
Queries should be addressed to subject librarians in the first instance.
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