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Graduate Student's Guide to Publishing

Tips on how to get your work published in a variety of formats.

From Dissertation to Book

Thinking about transforming your dissertation into your first book? There are a number of resources out there to help you understand the process of reworking a dissertation for publication as a monograph. It's important to remember that almost no dissertations are ever published as a book without a significant amount of work on the author's part to edit and refocus the manuscript for an audience beyond the dissertation committee.

In reading some of the resources listed above, you might encounter discussions of how having your dissertation available online (for example, in Deep Blue) could negatively impact a publisher's willingness to look at your manuscript. Some authors assert that you should not put your dissertation online if you hope to sign a publishing contract. However, please note there is very little evidence to support this view. In fact, research has shown that publishers will indeed consider manuscripts that are revised versions of openly-accessible dissertations [Ramirez, et al. (2013). Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities? Findings from a 2011 Survey of Academic Publishers. College & Research Libraries, 74(4), 368-380. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/crl-356].