Turning Your Thesis into a Journal Article

Turning Your Thesis into a Journal Article


Hi there. I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting
and this is Publishing Defined. Today I am going to talk about turning your
dissertation or thesis into a scholarly journal article. You’ve put a lot of time and effort into
your thesis and dissertation. Perhaps you can repurpose some of this material. Maybe as a journal article? Obviously, a thesis or dissertation is innately
different from a journal article. But the information contained in it may have
interest to academia. In my last video, I discussed turning your
dissertation into a book or monograph. I will link to that video at the end of this
one. Here are some points to think about when considering
the journal article option. Leave some time between the completion of
your thesis before considering its potential application as an article. Some distance will give you perspective on
how best to alter the work. Accept the fact that changes will need to
be made. You will not be able to cut a section from
a dissertation and submit it as an article, not even a chapter. The structure of a thesis or dissertation
is by nature different from articles. You will need to rewrite or edit the work. Most journals have a Guideline for Authors
that lays out the exact specifications of articles they will consider. Review them carefully and make you sure you
conform to the page length, reference style, maximum number of figures and tables, etc. To consider what to cut and what to change,
think through the themes or findings of your dissertation. Does it lend itself more to a series of articles
on the main topic or one single article? Map out what you would like to submit and
use that as a starting point for your new work: a manuscript for submission to a journal. When looking at changes, consider how articles
usually differ from the longer form content that you have created. Long literature review sections are uncommon
in articles unless it is a review article. The extensive references are also unlikely
to translate as well. Think through the differences between the
long form nature of a dissertation or thesis compared to the short, compact, stand-alone
nature of an article. Zero in on a journal and their interests and
start reworking; or more likely rewriting. Good luck. Well that’s it. I am a publishing consultant and work with
associations, publishers, and individuals on a host of content related challenges. Reach out to me at RiverwindsConsulting.com
with your questions. Hit the Like button below if you enjoyed this
video. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel or
click on my video about revising your dissertation into a book or monograph. And make comments below. Thank so much and take care.

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