To celebrate #thesisthursday for Open Access Week 2018 we thought we would look at the open access journey of our theses collection in RADAR.
Since 2014 the GSA has required all postgraduate research students to deposit a digital copy of their PhD or MPhil thesis in the institutional repository RADAR. Students can choose to make their thesis open access, embargoed or restricted from public view.
We currently have 131 thesis records in RADAR, 109 of these were completed at the GSA and you can browse the collection here: http://radar.gsa.ac.uk/view/theses/
How open is the collection?
56 theses are open access*
45 are metadata only
30 are restricted to repository staff only
Over the past few years we’ve been working in collaboration with our colleagues in GSA’s Learning Resources to make more of our pre-2014 theses open access. In 2017 we wrote to authors of theses with restricted files which were deposited in RADAR before our 2014 thesis policy was introduced. By the end of the project we were able to make 16 out of the 28 restricted records we had identified open access.
EThOS: a good news story!
In October 2016 GSA joined British Library’s e-thesis online service (EThOS).
EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses.
Since joining we’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the number of downloads of GSA theses from RADAR! Before we joined EThOS our average monthly downloads of Theses were 46, since we joined in October 2016 we’ve seen our average monthly downloads increase to 312.
You can see the steady increase of our theses downloads in the chart below:
Our total number of theses downloads from RADAR is 9836.
Below you can see an infographic showing the top 5 downloaded theses from RADAR:
You can access the theses listed above with the links below:
- Al Shueili, Khalfan (2015) Towards a sustainable urban future in Oman: problem and process analysis (Muscat as a case study).
- Watterson, Alice (2014) Engaging with the Visual: Re-Thinking Interpretive Archaeological Visualisation
- Rutherford, Henry Roan (1996) Public sector housing in Scotland.
- Fung, Janice (2008) The unintended negative consequences of decision-making in Glasgow’s social housing sector.
- Gracie, David (2015) Subversive Art as place, identity and bohemia: The San Francisco Bay area 1945-1965.
If you’re a former PhD student and interested in making your PhD open access on RADAR please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!
 *At least one file attached is openly available.