Higher Degree Research Thesis by Publication
The Higher Degree Research Thesis by Publication Guideline provides information to assist Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates in the preparation of a thesis including published or co-published material prepared during candidature.
|This Guideline provides information to assist Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates in the preparation of a thesis including published or co-published material prepared during candidature. A thesis prepared in journal article format adds value to the research student experience, encourages timely completion, enhances job prospects and improves the publication outputs and research ranking of the University.|
Contribution by Co-Authors
Number and Presentation of Papers
The length of the papers will reflect discipline requirements and journal guidelines. Although it is not necessary to reformat published works in a thesis, it is not enough simply to bind these publications together. The candidate needs to include a critical introduction to the work, sections that link the papers together, and a concluding section that synthesises the material as a whole. Above all, candidates must consider the coherence of the thesis as a whole, and the way in which each paper contributes to the overall thesis.Preparing for a Thesis by Publication
Candidates and supervisors should plan a thesis by publication in relation to the timetable of the individual project and the writing conventions and publishing schedules of their discipline in order to make sure that research, writing and journal submission can be undertaken within standard candidature. For instance, in some science disciplines major journals have 10 editions in a year, whereas the major journals in education may publish biannually.
Although a thesis by publication may contain some repetition, it is expected that the repetition be minimal so as to facilitate the examination process. Candidates should ensure that any referencing and stylistic inconsistencies between papers are minimised to assist the examiners.
|Contact Officer||Dean, Higher Degree Research|
|Date Approved||28 November 2013|
|Approval Authority||Higher Degree Research Committee|
|Date of Commencement||25 July 2014|
|Amendment History||28 November 2013 – revised guideline approved by Higher Degree Research Committee|
|Date for Next Review||25 July 2017|
|Keywords||Thesis by Publication, thesis with journal articles, thesis with papers, thesis co-authors, thesis co-publication.|