EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. It demonstrates the quality of UK research, and supports the UK Government’s open access principle that publications resulting from publicly-funded research should be made freely available for all researchers, providing opportunities for further research.
There are currently more than 400,000 records for doctoral theses awarded by over 120 UK institutions. Almost one fifth of these now include ISNIs for known author identities. See for example the EThOS records for Gordon Brown or Brian May.
ISNI will enhance discovery of an author’s thesis and of other works published throughout their career. ISNI is a persistent author identifier which, once assigned, will continue to be associated with subsequent works by a given author, either by direct assignment to their works or indirectly through its cross links with many other author identifier systems, including the ORCID researcher ID and national and international library name authority files. Many of the ISNIs assigned in EThOS already contain such rich layers of discovery.
Further work by ISNI will eventually match more PhD authors to existing ISNI identities, and for those confirmed as new to ISNI new identity records will be created, significantly enriching the ISNI database.