This guide is meant to assist students in publishing their thesis or dissertation at Tiffin University. Publishing your work as part of a masters or Doctoral program can be a long, confusing, and stressful process and you may not know where to begin.
The guide contains the following:
This shows the different options you have when considering publishing your thesis or dissertation, as well as the differences between a thesis and a journal article.
This describes the different theses services that Tiffin University offers to students.
This page contains commonly asked questions that students have when publishing their theses.
A list of databases where you can locate published theses and dissertations.
Resources that help students properly prepare their work for publication. This includes preparation tips and how to avoid predatory publishers.
List of references that were used to create this guide.
Additional resources for extra help.
If publishing a thesis or dissertation is a long and stressful process, why should you do it? While the process requires a lot of work, there are several benefits to publishing your thesis or dissertation:
According to Hatch and Skipper (2016), Ph.D. students who landed tenure-track positions within 5 years of graduation wrote an average of 4.3 peer-reviewed publications before they graduated. What does this mean for your degree and future career goals? It means that your research and writing skills are critical in completing your program. Not all Ph.D. programs require you to publish work before graduation, but it will greatly benefit you in your job search because it presents a degree of professionalism and intelligence to an employer.
When you are submitting your thesis or dissertation to an academic journal, you are turning your thesis into a journal article. This process will require you to edit and change the format of your work. In some cases, you may need to rewrite sections to make them more concise. That being said, theses and journal articles have characteristics that distinguish themselves from one another. According to Hayward (2017), there are several differences between a journal article and a thesis that you should consider during the publishing process:
For more detailed information on the differences between theses and journal articles, you can read Editage's full article here.