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Vice-versa, if you have a paper accepted for publication, why try to re-write the thesis chapter? The solution is to put the paper into the thesis, with a short introduction section. Following the paper (with contributions of all authors explicitly listed on a separate page, since a thesis is your own work!) you can add “other relevant results”, which may include interesting negative stuff and then an extended discussion, that does not recapitulate that in the paper.
Not sure how it is in other Universities, but in my University all thesis (MSc/PhD) have to have, on the front cover, “Copyright of WXY University”.
This sounds like it may be too late for you, in which case the traditional and not very productive slog of writing the same thing twice, but differently awaits.
If you are publishing a scientific article, you are usually signing a “transfer of rights” form: and after this point the text that you have written does not “belong” anymore to you but to the journal.
If you write a thesis, you usually do not transfer rights to anyone: therefore it is your right to reuse the text the way you like.
Publishing your thesis
You have completed your thesis and your degree has been awarded. Now you can decide if you want to publish your thesis. Discuss publication options with your supervisor as they will be aware of publication trends in your discipline.
You will have a range of publishing options including:
* adding your thesis to Sydney Digital Theses, the online archive of PhD, professional doctorates and Masters (Research) theses from the University of Sydney. Sydney Digital Theses is part of the national Australian Digital Theses Program
* publishing your thesis as a book with a commercial publisher
* turning individual chapters into journal articles for publication in commercial journals
* self-publishing the thesis on your own website
To find out whether publishing a thesis verbatim is allowed, check your own university’s regulations. If publishing the results that have already been included in a thesis is indeed not acceptable, merely changing the sentences will not make the republication legitimate, as long as the same data and figures have to be reused.
We also made sure that there were not any block quotes taken from the thesis. It is not hard to rewrite a thesis into journal submission. You will find that you improve the work as you modify it…rework it..reread it. A publication is rarely ever “done”. You can always find a word or a phrase to tweak.
In one situation, duplication isn’t merely permissible, but preferable. Under the ICZN rules (unless they’ve changed) the name of a new organism has to be “published,” a term defined in such a way as to exclude dissertations. As part of the naming process, one has to review the same taxonomic literature, designate the same holotype, and thus describe exactly the same material, which means the same data and (one hopes) the same analytical results in the dissertation and the paper. As a reader, I’d hope that the author would use exactly the same words and figures for the appropriate parts of the paper, so that there is no question about the identity or characteristics of the holotype.
it is possible that thesis would be published as a book!! In some topics such as Sociology/social psychology/history etc – i guess they are already doing. Lot of them write books rather than publishing in journals…
So unless you are one of the wunderkinder who do craft dissertations consisting of collections of journal-style chapters, resist the urge to publish verbatim. Even if you are one of them, rewrite the thing and reference your dissertation in it. You’re a wonderkind after all! The rest of us mortals can then enjoy two pieces of your fine work. If you don’t want to rewrite it, post bits of it on blogs with a link to the original.
With regards to theses, the rules of engagement become a bit murkier. I learnt this first hand a number of years ago when I was involved in a new graduate program. We were very keen to embrace the power of the internet at the time, and were initially excited about the prospect of theses appearing on line as a resource. In the end, however, we decided against it. We consulted journals and were universally told that they were not interested in publishing work that had appeared in any public forum before, including online. They were concerned about copyright, and the higher profile rags were also concerned that the appearance of work in a thesis stripped it of its novelty, a practice that would ultimately erode their place as “the place” to access all the hot new science. The former concern has been largely offset by the change in how journals deal with copyright, but the latter concern is real and perhaps all the more important in the days when the stakes are very high and the internet is our main source of scientific exchange.