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Writing the Journal Article

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Turning Your Thesis into a Journal Article. This short video by John Bond of Riverwinds Consulting discusses the process to turn your thesis or dissertation into a journal article.

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Hi there. I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting and this is Publishing Defined.

Today I am going to talk about turning your dissertation or thesis into a scholarly journal article.

You’ve put a lot of time and effort into your thesis and dissertation. Perhaps you can repurpose some of this material. Maybe as a journal article?

Obviously, a thesis or dissertation is innately different from a journal article. But the information contained in it may have interest to academia.

In my last video, I discussed turning your dissertation into a book or monograph. I will link to that video at the end of this one. Here are some points to think about when considering the journal article option.

Leave some time between the completion of your thesis before considering its potential application as an article. Some distance will give you perspective on how best to alter the work.

Accept the fact that changes will need to be made. You will not be able to cut a section from a dissertation and submit it as an article, not even a chapter. The structure of a thesis or dissertation is by nature different from articles. You will need to rewrite or edit the work. Most journals have a Guideline for Authors that lays out the exact specifications of articles they will consider. Review them carefully and make you sure you conform to the page length, reference style, maximum number of figures and tables, etc.

To consider what to cut and what to change, think through the themes or findings of your dissertation. Does it lend itself more to a series of articles on the main topic or one single article? Map out what you would like to submit and use that as a starting point for your new work: a manuscript for submission to a journal.

When looking at changes, consider how articles usually differ from the longer form content that you have created. Long literature review sections are uncommon in articles unless it is a review article. The extensive references are also unlikely to translate as well.

Think through the differences between the long form nature of a dissertation or thesis compared to the short, compact, stand-alone nature of an article. Zero in on a journal and their interests and start reworking; or more likely rewriting. Good luck.

Well that’s it. I am a publishing consultant and work with associations, publishers, and individuals on a host of content related challenges. Reach out to me at with your questions.

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Dr. Randall Filer, Hunter College, the City University of New York – discusses Dos and Don’ts of writing for academic journals. This video is best for people who are looking for some tips in academic writing – especially those who are aiming their papers to high-end journals.
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Writing Science paper’s isn’t hard when you follow these basic writing guidelines. This is intentionally a very quick overview of the writing skills. if you want a more detailed explanation, like and leave a comment below.
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The presentation explores the content of a journal paper regarding its form, structure and content. Presentation related documents can be found under this link:
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Tara helps students write a journal article. She helps students move from having an idea to structuring that idea into a refereed journal article.
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