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Open access

Masters by Research and PhD theses

All Masters by Research and PhD students are required to submit the final and examined version of your Masters by Research or PhD thesis to UNSWorks prior to graduation.  

For information on how to deposit your thesis to UNSWorks please see the Thesis Deposit Guide

For information on the thesis submission and examination process please refer to advice for current candidates on the UNSW Graduate Research School site. 

Honours theses are not eligible for deposit to UNSWorks. 


UNSW researchers and HDR candidates are encouraged to deposit their dataset/s to their platform of choice and then publish a description of their dataset/s to UNSWorks to receive a DOI, link to funding and publications, and increase visibility of their research via Research Data Australia (RDA) and other aggregators. Small datasets (up to 5GB) can be published to UNSWorks. 

For information on how to publish your dataset, please consult the Data Publishing Strategy Guide


Depositing an appropriate open access version of your research outputs into UNSWorks is also known as repository-based open access or self-archiving.

UNSW staff and students can deposit to UNSWorks via the Research Outputs System (ROS). For non-traditional research outputs (NTROs), please see the NTRO decision and action tree for more information. Only copyright compliant versions of your work should be uploaded.

Not all publishers allow self-archiving, so it is important to check what is permitted before uploading a copy of your publication. SHERPA/RoMEO provides information on journal and publisher copyright and self-archiving policies. 

Where publishers do permit deposit to a repository, often they allow only the author's accepted manuscript (post-print). Ensure you do not upload the final, published version unless permitted.