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Materials Science: Theses and dissertations

About ORA

The University of Oxford is committed to the dissemination of its research, and in support of this commitment provides ORA. The Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) was established in 2007 as a permanent and secure online archive of research materials produced by members of the University of Oxford.

It provides a single point of public access to electronic copies of peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings by Oxford authors and Oxford research theses, created in fulfilment of University of Oxford Awards.  This also provides a means for institutional compliance with funders’ Open Access requirements.

ORA is maintained by staff within the Bodleian Digital Libraries System and Services Department (BDLSS) of the Bodleian Libraries. Contact details are available here.

There are a number of benefits to storing your thesis in ORA and making your thesis freely available:

Benefits for authors

  • Makes your research easily available to a wider audience
  • Gain wider recognition for your research
  • Easy access
  • Persistant links
  • Easily citable
  • Long term preservation

Benefits for the University and wider society

  • Previously difficult to find and access research is easy to obtain
  • Brings Oxford research to the attention of a wider audience
  • Keeps Oxford in line with mainstream delivery of theses online from other universities
  • Benefits those who previously might not have had access to Oxford theses

Finding dissertations and theses

Search SOLO to find Oxford Doctoral Dissertations in print and online.

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