Theses

Public availability of master's theses

All master's theses that are written in public educational establishments and lead to a degree are, according to the Act on the Openness of Government Activities, official documents that are public unless specifically otherwise provided. (The Constitution of Finland, Section 12.2; Act on the Openness of Government Activities, Section 1).

The Act also defines what kind of official documents are secret. Such are for example documents that contain information on business or professional secrets and documents that contain the basic materials for a dissertation or other scientific study, or the assessment of the same (Section 24). In master's theses the secret information should only be included in the background material.

According to the guidelines published by the MInistry of Education and Culture (2/500/2004) universities and universities of applied sciences must ensure that master's theses do not contain secret material, and that they are available to the public immediately after their approval.

Public availability of master's theses FAQ

How can I read master's theses whose availability is restricted?

The master's theses whose public availability the student has chosen to restrict can be read on E-thesis workstations at Oulu University Library. The use of the workstations and the material are governed by the Copyright Act, meaning that the content cannot be copied digitally, saved on a storage medium or sent by email. The workstations cannot be accessed through the off-campus access service. Printing of the material is possible.

Can I borrow theses with restricted availability through interlibrary loan?

The library does not loan master's theses with restricted availability through interlibrary loan.

What to do with a thesis that is to be published as an article?

If either an article has been submitted into the manuscript evaluation process or an article that the student intends to offer for publication in an as yet undefined publication is accepted as a thesis, the student submits the entire thesis to Laturi-system and is advised to restrict its public availability to the e-thesis workstations at Oulu University Library.

What if my thesis contains trade secrets?

The actual thesis should not contain trade or professional secrets; they can only be included in the background material.

Submitted theses are made publicly available after approval, including on the internet, if the student has agreed to this during the submission process.

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