Frequently asked questions

How do people find theses in Spiral?

Anyone can search Spiral and download theses submitted for examination from 1 July 2007 onwards.

Access to digital copies of theses added to Spiral prior to 2007 is restricted to Imperial staff and students, see Theses.

Can I restrict access to my thesis?

Yes. Under certain circumstances you can request an embargo on your thesis.

How does the Freedom of Information Act affect access to my thesis?

Can I include articles, images, quotations, maps, etc.?

Can I include papers and figures I have already published?

Can I publish extracts from my thesis as a paper?

What format should my thesis be in?

Your thesis should be submitted in PDF format and all fonts used must be embedded within the PDF file.

See Creating your PDF for instructions for your operating system.

How do I get help?

For help with submission and regulations research.degree@imperial.ac.uk

For help with plagiarism, referencing and copyright ASK the Library

For help with intellectual property Research Office

What can someone else do with my thesis once it is on Spiral?

Your thesis is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence.

What are these licences?
Know your Rights is a handy tool which outlines what each licence gives you as a creator and the end user.

Other people can copy, distribute and transmit your thesis, see the Spiral use licence