LSE Theses Online-FAQs
Welcome to LSE Theses Online
LSE Theses Online is the institutional archive for London School of Economics and Political Science's PhD theses. It contains full text versions of theses accepted for the qualification of Doctorate at LSE. These full text versions can be freely downloaded.
What does LSE Theses Online contain?
LSE Theses Online contains full text, final versions of theses accepted for the qualification of Doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
What does LSE Theses Online exclude?
What rights do thesis authors retain?
Copyright/ IPR for all items in this repository is retained by the individual authors and/ or copyright owners and moral rights are reserved. Specific works may have been assigned a Creative Commons use licence: where this is the case the individual publications are clearly marked.
I have downloaded a thesis held in LSE Theses Online. In what ways may I re-use it?
You are entitled to re-use material from a thesis in the same way you would from any other source, i.e. by providing a full citation to the thesis in question, and by not re-using material in a way that may breach copyright or other IPR rights (e.g. by quoting extensive sections of a thesis). For further information on copyright for research, please see the Joint Information Services Committee's guide, Copyright matters for UK researchers, teachers and learners.If you feel your own copyright has been affected by content held in LSE Theses Online, please contact us immediately.
How are theses added to LSE Theses Online?
We currently gain theses to add to the service in a number of ways:
All theses are in the repository as a result of receiving permission from the thesis author to do so.
I am a current PhD student at LSE. Will my thesis be included in LSE Theses Online?
From the 2011-2 session once you have successfully completed your PhD, you will be asked to provide a final copy in electronic form (previously a hard copy was stored in the Library) to LSE Theses Online. Full instructions on how to submit your thesis to the repository will be provided to you by the Research Degrees Unit on successful completion of your PhD.
How do I get permissions to include third party copyright material in my thesis?
You will need to contact the rights holder to request permissions to include material protected by copyright in your thesis. Publishers often include details of copyright permissions and contact details on their website. You may want to use our template for contacting copyright holders. Please note, if the copyright holder does not respond, this does not mean permission has been granted.
What should I do if I get permission to include copyright material in my thesis?
Please indicate at the appropriate point in the body of your thesis that you have received permission to include copyright protected material and save any correspondence with copyright holders.
What if I can’t get copyright clearance for copyright material included in my thesis?
If you have taken reasonable steps but cannot gain permission to include material protected by copyright in your thesis, you will need to submit two electronic versions to LSE Theses Online:
Alternatively, if you have made reasonable efforts to contact the copyright owner, we can add your thesis to LSE Theses Online and make use of our take-down policy if contacted by copyright holders.
What is fair dealing and criticism and review and what does this cover?
When reviewing the inclusion of third party copyright content in your thesis, you may be protected by fair dealing or criticism and review. For more details see here.
What are the responsibilities of the LSE Theses Online team and the Library?
In hosting LSE theses, the LSE Theses Online team, and the Library, guarantees the following:
Where can I get copyright advice?
We encourage you to seek advice on copyright issues throughout the process of writing your thesis. Understanding copyright issues is important preparation for future academic publishing.
For queries regarding copyright and submitting your electronic thesis, please contact LSEThesesOnline@lse.ac.uk.
For general copyright advice, please contact Jane Secker, Digital Literacy and Copyright Advisor: email@example.com
I wish to add my thesis to the service/ have a query about the service- how do I get in touch?
The LSE Theses Online team can be contacted with submissions and queries at: LSEThesesOnline@lse.ac.uk.