Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Response to the Bodleian Libraries’ call for DPhil theses to be digitized has been extremely good (and if you have already proposed your thesis for digitization, there is no need to contact us again). 

We are pleased to let you know that there is still an opportunity to take up this offer and add your thesis digitized to the Bodleian’s digital collections at no charge. Theses in digital format are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, as scholars want to make their research widely available and easily find the work of others.

Thanks to the generosity and vision of Dr Leonard Polonsky, the Bodleian Libraries are able to offer to digitize a number of Oxford DPhil theses. This opportunity enables us to add to the growing Oxford digital thesis collection, and should result in new citations to your work

Digital copies will be made available online in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive, ORA is the university's principal online collection of research outputs produced by Oxford scholars. It offers high visibility for Oxford research. Wherever possible, the full text of research is made freely available for easy online access. You can find out more about Oxford digital theses at

If you would like us to digitise your thesis and make it available in ORA, please reply to as soon as possible, having provided the information below:
•    Your name (as it appears on your thesis),
•    The title of your thesis,
•    The year of your thesis,
•    If possible, the Bodleian shelfmark of your thesis on SOLO (eg MS.D.Phil. d.2804). You may be able to find this at
•    An email (or postal) address where we can contact you.

N.B. if possible, please contact your former supervisor  to let them know of your intentions before submitting your request to ORA.

You will be informed if your thesis is included in this digitisation and the URL will be sent to this address.

Also, please indicate your responses to the following questions:
1.    Do you grant the Bodleian Libraries permission to digitise the print copy of your thesis and make the digital copy available online in ORA? YES/NO
2.    To the best of my knowledge, making my thesis available on the internet will not infringe copyright or any other rights of any other person or party, nor contain defamatory material (please be particularly aware of material where copyright is held by third parties for example, for photographs)?  I AGREE / I DISAGREE

Of course if you already have a digital copy of your thesis which you would like to deposit in ORA, please contact