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Academic Publishing : Publishing your dissertation

This guide will provide you with information, suggestions, and resources for preparing your written work for publication, including information on open access publishing.

Turning a thesis into a book

Things not to do

  • Never assume that even an award-winning dissertation is already a scholarly book
  • Never assume that a publisher or a reader will treat a first book as a practice exercise
  • Never submit a manuscript deceptively. If it's going to more than one house at a time, say so.
  • Never conceal from a potential publisher arrangements you have already made for the publication of chapters in journals or in edited volumes, in print or online
  • Never send a manuscript to a publisher unless you have been asked to do so
  • Never assume that an award-winning scholarly book couldn't have begun as a dissertation (Germano, 2013, pp.157-158).

Dissertation vs. book

According to William Germano (2013), the finished dissertation is "not-yet-a-book" (p. 20). In other words, before the dissertation becomes a book, it needs to undergo a thorough revision process to make the document applicable to a wider reading audience.

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Reference: Germano, W. (2013). From dissertation to book. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

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