Think long and hard before you submit work for publication. The submission process on academic journals can take a long time. The editors and the peer reviewers will probably only be part-time members of staff. For example, some publishers own journals where the editors are out of house academics. The publisher only manages the production tasks like proofreading services and printing of the journal. Your article will be sent for peer review and only when it is accepted will it be entered into the production process including copy editing, proofreading, typesetting, design work and printing.
If your article is rejected, some journals give you the opportunity to appeal. Use a calm tone to set out the reasons why the editor should reconsider your article.
Remember that the decision to reject was not personal. Very few journals buy dissertations, so you may be submitting your dissertation purely for the glory. Take a look at the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society website. As long as the journal has an ISSN number, you can register the details of any articles that you publish with them and they collect photocopy fees for you. Have you published several papers from the work in your dissertation?
Does the reader already know this? Is this so important that the reader needs to be reminded of it? Selecting core findings was the hardest part for Simon Fraser University psychologist Deborah Connolly, PhD, who wrote a plus-page "monster" for her dissertation at the University of Victoria. If you want, you can order them all from most to least important, but start by just focusing on the top five. If you can't find just five, you may want to break your dissertation into several different articles, says Burghardt.
If there's a small finding that's particularly timely, students could even pull out the essential data and methods and write up an extremely concise research brief for some publication as prestigious as Science or Nature, he says. Use simple, direct language. Even after editing, dissertations revised for publication tend to be too long, with wordy, passive sentences, and lots of formatting errors, including flip-flopping between "I" and "we" and mistakes with references, say journal editors.
Those kinds of mistakes aren't going to win you any fans, says Burghardt. Connolly learned this firsthand. Editors of Child Development rejected her revised dissertation because it read too much like a cut down dissertation, she says. Taking reviewer comments to heart, Connolly revised her writing style keeping things simple and focusing on only the most critical findings.
Editing your dissertation means more than cutting out enough words to fit a journal's page-count. "I can remember when I first thought about publishing my own dissertation," says Gary VandenBos, PhD, APA's publisher. "I was terrified.
Writing a dissertation without a publication is like going to the trouble of making a cake but not baking it. No one can taste your cake, no one can benefit from your hard work—of course, no one can criticize your work either. But without a publication, or two or three, the dissertation is not technically a total success.
Submitting Your Dissertation or Thesis to ProQuest There are a number of items to consider as you prepare to submit your graduate work. If your university does not participate in ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Dissemination program, you can still submit your work to us; use this form to request a publishing agreement. Publishing Your Dissertation Online: What’s a New Ph.D. to Do? Early this week, the American Historical Association (AHA) released a controversial statement that strongly advised graduate programs and libraries to adopt a policy allowing the embargoing of the publication of completed dissertations online for up to six years.
Your dissertation – why publish? Publishing a dissertation as an article in an academic journal can look fabulous on your CV, particularly if you would like an academic career. If you have produced important material from your research then it can be a great help to others if you publish it. This LibGuide will provide guidance on how to prepare and submit your dissertation for publication by ProQuest Dissertation Publishing.