I am aware that PhD theses can be self archived in university site, personal webpage or sites like researchgate (ePrint Archive for PhD Dissertation in the Social Sciences).

I am not really fond of researchgate. I wish to know if arXiv (or biorXiv; as my field is biology that involves both mathematical modelling and experimental techniques) allows archiving of PhD thesis. This is not explicitly mentioned in these sites but this university site provides instructions on submitting PhD thesis to arXiv. I think this would be better than self archiving because arXiv submissions receive a DOI (I guess).

Does anyone have an experience with this? Are there other public repositories like arXiv that allow submission of PhD/masters theses (especially those that are biology related or accept all disciplines of science)?

  • One technical note: arXiv submissions do not actually receive a DOI; instead arXiv IDs are a separate system. I don't think this matters (and I wouldn't recommend making your decision on this basis), but based on your comment I figured I'd mention it in case it matters to you for some reason. – Anonymous Mathematician Aug 11 '16 at 7:40
  • @AnonymousMathematician Thanks for the clarification. Actually it doesn't matter but I think it would be better if the files have some kind of an index (arXiv IDs are fine). – WYSIWYG Aug 11 '16 at 8:04
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    Possible duplicate of Is it advisable to upload theses to the arXiv?. – JeffE Aug 11 '16 at 12:31
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    @WYSIWYG No, certainly don't post single chapters unless you have very good reasons for doing it. Post the thesis on its own, or not at all. I wouldn't be particularly worried by the duplication; it's generally understood that the thesis often contains material that has been or will be published elsewhere. (However, if you're too pushy with posting the thesis, that distinction gets slightly weakened.) You do need to check that any prospective publication venues are OK with you putting the thesis material online, though. – E.P. Aug 11 '16 at 18:10
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    Seriously, the best place is your institution. If not, check bioRxiv's policies (from its about page it does have an emphasis on articles, but I can't find at the moment the equivalent page on the arXiv). – E.P. Aug 11 '16 at 19:54

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