Frequently asked questions
Preparing your PhD thesis for submission to Spiral FAQ
How do people find theses in Spiral?
Anyone can search Spiral and download theses added after 31 March 2013.
Access to theses added before then is restricted to Imperial staff and students.
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?
What can someone else do with my thesis once it is on Spiral?
Your thesis is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs licence. Other people can copy, distribute and transmit your thesis, see the Spiral use licence.