Depending on your institution's guidelines, you will either finish your PhD by having a number of papers accepted for publication, or by writing a "big book"-style thesis. This post is entirely aimed at those of us who spend months on end delivering a thesis of several hundreds of pages. We might be overly proud of having our baby finally sent out into the world, but then it will dawn upon us: the majority of researchers would prefer to read a page paper about a more specific part of this research than plow through our pages of labor. The only one who would ever want to read through it all and spend an entire week making sense of your thesis is a fellow PhD student…. And thus, for most of us "big book"-thesis-writing-and-publishing folks, we'll need to revisit all our material again after publication of the thesis, and turn it into a number of journal papers. If you are lucky enough to get into a post-doc position that is fully research-oriented, you have all the time or at least, you might think you have to write your papers.
From Dissertation to Book
Turning Your Dissertation into a Book | UW Graduate School
Writing a thesis is a huge accomplishment, and in today's guest post Tracy Stanley discusses how all the work you put into that project doesn't have to end once the thesis is submitted to your academic advisors. As always, your writing can be turned into more than one asset ; it's possible to turn that thesis into something you can sell. I spent four years researching and writing for a Ph. When submitted it was , words and I knew that no more than six people in the world would read it. As a result, it was unlikely to have an impact on anything. The journey took me a couple of years. Like many, I suffered from the Jekyll and Hyde phenomena of thinking:.
Transform Your Dissertation into a Book
Dissertations or theses are typically required of graduate students. Undergraduate students completing advanced research projects may also write senior theses or similar types of papers. Once completed, the dissertation or thesis is often submitted with modifications as a manuscript for publication in a scholarly journal.
Finished your dissertation and ready to write your book? Not so fast, warns Laura Portwood-Stacer. Finishing your dissertation is a huge milestone. There are good reasons not to do so yet.