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Electronic theses and dissertations: promoting 'hidden' research.

Copeland, Susan


Susan Copeland


Since the mid 1990s an increasing number of higher education institutions and organisations have been encouraging the production and submission of theses and dissertations in electronic format. Where access to electronic theses and dissertations is available via the Internet, usage figures indicate that this is a much consulted resource. However, until recently, only a small percentage of the theses produced internationally have been mounted on Web pages. The situation is now changing as efforts to promote open access are leading many universities to develop institutional repositories which contain the full text of theses and dissertations alongside journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, reports and associated research datasets etc. Attention is now being directed towards the identification and dissemination of examples of good practice, and attempts are being made to co-ordinate activities across institutions both nationally and internationally (to reduce unnecessary duplication of effort and encourage developmental work in areas where this will be beneficial). This article highlights key issues associated with the creation, management and use of electronic theses and dissertations and provides information about organisations that are actively working to promote this useful source of research data. Information is provided on topics such as training, technical and administrative requirements, and the issues to address, whether adopting a local, institutional, approach or participating in a national level service.


COPELAND, S. 2008. Electronic theses and dissertations: promoting 'hidden' research. Policy futures in education [online], 6(1), pages 87-96. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2008
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2008
Publication Date Dec 31, 2008
Deposit Date May 24, 2011
Publicly Available Date May 24, 2011
Journal Policy futures in education
Electronic ISSN 1478-2103
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 87-96
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