Abertay regulations require the submission of an electronic copy of the final examined version of all research theses. The final version of the thesis should be deposited in Pure. A guide on how to submit your PgR thesis in Pure is available from the Pure support pages. Students should familiarise themselves with the Abertay Style Guide and a PgR Thesis Template is available.
PgR theses be made open access as soon as possible. However, there will be occasions when theses need to be restricted (embargoed). For example, you may want to publish some papers from your thesis or your thesis contains sensitive or 3rd party copyright material that needs to be redacted. All theses submitted for publication on the Pure portal require an Embargo Request Form to be completed to let library staff know of any embargo or redactions required.
Use of 3rd party copyright material in your e-theses
Copyright law does allow referenced quotation of other people's work. If you have used 3rd party copyright material you should usually be able to rely on one of the 'fair dealing' exceptions such as illustration for instruction, or criticism, review or quotation to include this material for the purpose of examination. Remember the use must be fair. Information on fair dealing is available from the Copyright pages.
The fair dealing exclusions may also cover the use of very small amounts of 3rd party copyright material in the e-thesis but our advice, and best practice, is to contact the rights holder to ask for permission to include the material in your e-thesis. Obtaining permission to use 3rd party copyright content can be a lengthy process so we recommend that you start as soon as possible.Below is some wording that you can use or adapt if contacting a copyright owner for permission If you need advice on contacting publishers, then email email@example.com. Bear in mind that students are never expected to pay fees requested by copyright owners to include 3rd party copyright material in their e-thesis.If you are unable to rely on a fair dealing exception or get permission, the material can be redacted form the published thesis.
I am a PhD student at Abertay University and I am contacting you to seek permission to include the following material within the electronic version of my PhD thesis:
[Provide full details of the material you intend to include]
The thesis will be deposited in the university's open access repository, https://rke.abertay.ac.uk/, which is a non-commercial repository and openly available to all. A copy of the thesis will also be available from the British Library Electronic Thesis service EThOS. A full citation will be included to acknowledge the copyright holder of the material included in the thesis.
If you are not the rights holder for this material I would be grateful if you could let me know who I should contact for permission. If you require any further information, please let me know.
Thank you for your help.