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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? Hardly any dissertations are published as books without significant work on the author's part to refocus the manuscript for an audience beyond the dissertation committee. Here are a few resources to help you understand the process of reworking a dissertation for publication as a monograph:

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.

Selecting a Publisher

How to find the right publishing venue for your book project:

  • Mine your sources to identify books on similar topics and note which presses published them.
  • Get advice from mentors and colleagues.
  • Research publishers/editors' active interests and review their current catalogs.

AAUP Subject Area Grid helps identify scholarly presses that publish in your field of research.