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Digital theses and ORA: Visibility of your thesis

Inclusion in EthOS


All D.Phil., D.M. and D.Clin.Psych thesis records deposited in ORA are harvested by EThOS ,the UK thesis service hosted by the British Library.  

Please be aware that only the record/metadata will be available via EThOS, not the full-text file/s.  

If for any reason an author does not wish their thesis record to be included in EThOS, they should contact ORA staff at

Visibility of your thesis

Print copies of theses may have a limited impact: obtaining them can be slow and difficult and they are sometimes delivered in microfilm format which is disliked by many users.

It has been demonstated that provision of electronic versions of theses results in a spectacular increase in access. For example, see the figures produced by Virginia Tech University in the US.

Because ORA complies with international standards for indexing and metadata/cataloguing and is registered with international repository registries, its content is highly visible. It is accessed by web search engines and its records can be 'harvested' by external services such as EThOS, the British Library thesis service. 

A record page is created in ORA when your work is deposited. This record page shares its metadata with the Bodleian Libraries catalogue - SOLO. Additionally abstract and record details are passed to the British Library and EthOS. ORA records are frequently prominant in Google search results and through the link with EthOS are indexed in Google Scholar. 

ORA also has an additional feature referred to as 'Hits & Downloads'. Each record page aims to record some interaction that is being made with the ORA record and the page records, number of visits to the record page 'Views' and number of 'Downloads' made of the full text. 

Links to Library Catalogues

After Theses are deposited to the Bodleian Libraries, in physical or electronic formats, a record is created on SOLO, the Libraries catalogue. For the electronic version of the work this is created by passing information from ORA to SOLO. Information about a thesis is also automatically passed to the British Library's theses service EThOS. 

Where a physical copy and an electronic copy can be matched, a link is created between the two records in SOLO, and for both SOLO and EThOS a link back to the ORA record where the full text may be downloaded is provided.  

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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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