Depending on how a thesis or dissertation is published, the work may have a fairly limited audience, and it's understandable that an author would wish to share his or her research with a broader community. Articles in scholarly journals and books tend to have a greater reach within academic communities and are therefore an excellent way to share research with other scholars. When approaching adapting a thesis or dissertation for another purpose, be transparent with the prospective publisher regarding how the document was originally published and any copyright considerations. Some publishers may not consider student work that had a limited audience (e.g., published only in print) and that didn't undergo a peer review process as a prior publication, and therefore the revised version can be considered a new document. If the thesis or dissertation was made widely available online, a publisher may consider the work to have been formally published, in which case an author will need to determine with the publisher what degree of information from the original work can be included in the new work to still be considered original work and not in any violation of copyright.
If you are considering a thesis by publication, please ensure that your publication agreements with the publishers permit you to use the published articles or chapters for your academic purposes. See "Protect your copyright" for more information regarding negotiating copyright agreements.
*Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) candidates choosing to complete their dissertation by portfolio should refer to the DSocSci handbook for more information about pursuing this option.
This section of the guide (Publishing your dissertation) offers information and resources to support publishing the dissertation as a traditional monograph or elective portfolio components: books, policy reports, and visual/digital media.
Click through the subtabs to learn more about publishing your work in different output formats.
The following list provides examples of doctoral portfolios as a starting point to help you generate ideas for your own work: