Unfortunately, plagiarism happens. Some researchers feel that their work is more vulnerable in an electronic format as it is easy to copy text in the digital environment. However, making your work open access constitutes a form of protection against plagiarism. The more people are aware of the existence of your thesis and are able to search for, access and cite it, then the possibility of another researcher successfully plagiarising your text and ideas is decreased. If your thesis is only available to a small number of people, then a plagiarist is more likely to be successful if they choose to copy your text or ideas without the appropriate acknowledgement.