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❶Ideally, you revise your manuscript during the first two years of your tenure clock. And yes, go the hard route—the route of actually publishing a few articles as peer reviewed pubs, and then writing up a proposal for the book and submitting it to the very top presses in your field, most likely based in the United States.

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Why should you turn your dissertation into a book, you ask?

So in the case of a typical 5 chapter book, two chapters out as articles is the baseline to aim for. Have you heard about publishing more chapters in other language, that is, two in English and one or two more in other language?

Are there any benefits to self-publishing in the absence of a traditional publisher? Competition for publication in Peer-reviewed sites can be a factor. What about publishing on Scribd and others? What are the benefits and downsides? If nothing else, it gets me found on the web besides in Rate-my-professor.

Responses coming in on Twitter and FB: The issue comes down to peer-review. I wrote my dissertation on seven working class girls in a deindustrialized urban neighborhood as they made the transition from 8th grade to high school.

A university press said they are VERY interested in it, so I am busy this summer rewriting it as a book. What do I do with the literature review? What do you mean by folding it into the introduction or sections?

You want to remove the lit review for the most part, as that is one of the hallmarks of a dissertation that must be removed from the book. I wrote my dissertation back in May of My mother passed away quite suddenly during fairly routine heart surgery a few months later.

It was devastating; she was my best friend. My father starting dating a neighbor three weeks later and this woman hates my sister and me. They moved to another town, and now I barely speak to my father. I tell you all this to explain why I was derailed when I should have been publishing chapters from my dissertation.

I presented a couple of chapters at conferences, and received a positive response. I exchanged information with a fairly reputable publisher, but by the time she tried to get in touch with me, I was in a black fog. That was three years ago. Can I recover from this? Is it over for me? I believe you can recover from this if you want to; you just have to start building up the record now that would have happened then, without the trauma.

Dear Karen, If you have a four-chapter dissertation that you are turning into a book manuscript, is it still advisable to publish two out of four of the chapters as peer reviewed articles? This is all excellent advice, thanks. I was wondering if you could also provide some more details on the actual structure of the all-important book prospectus?

Thank your for advising about publishing a dissertation as book. In my case, my dissertation was an exploratory study about the effect of ethics education on undergraduate accounting students in an African country, where ethics is not taught in accounting-related programs in public colleges.

Now, I am wondering whether to publish my entire dissertation in academic journals or, just publish parts of it as articles. Nevertheless, I am also wondering if it is a good idea to have my dissertation published as a book.

Honestly, I am a little bit confused. Would you please advise? Certainly my supervisor and faculty committee have all recommended that I get it published, but I do realise that a dissertation is very different from a book manuscript. Can you help with this? I have a more practical question. So I am considering turning my dissertation into a book, but this is not something that I considered at the time that I started my dissertation.

Although my participants were annonymous and used pseudonyms to protect their confidentiality, do I have to go back and track them down to get their permission…I am specifically thinking if I want to use a direct quote as in example.

The participants signed the informed consent for the dissertation and were aware that it would be published as a scholarly journal, but not as a book that could be purchased. Please give me your perspective. Thank you for this wonderful website. I always find such good advice here.

I am finishing my dissertation and applying for some jobs and postdocs at the moment. I think that two of my chapters would be great as journal articles, and I have what I think is a good plan for a closely-related second project that would make a good book. Thank you for your insight! I would like to write the article in English the dissertation is in a foreign language to make it internationally interesting. First, do you think is it possible to me start presenting my proposals as independent researcher?

Second, how can I know which are the major academic press in my field? Would it be indicated starting with a peer-reviewed journal? Thank you in advance, Karen. I wanted to ask you about the practice of publishing journal articles out of your dissertation before sending a book proposal.

Can we say that as long as these articles are published in reputed journals, you are reinforcing your case for book publication? Any thoughts on this subject would be extremely helpful.

Could you tell us how to send the book out to presses? How did you approach publishers? I assume you did not use a book agent. Thanks for offering so much insight through your blog. I have completed my book proposal for my phd thesis that i have been working on for some time.

I need to include a sample chapter. I was thinking to include one of my empirical chapters that are the core of the discussion. I have removed some sections that will not appear in that book chapter. However i was wondering do i need to fully present the chapter as it will appear in the book?

Changing the language to a less academic one and relating the discussion to wider issues will take quite a bit of time. I look forward to your res ponce. Thank you so much. Part of this seems like good advice, but part seems just awful. She makes it clear her own manuscript was written to the highest standards of the discipline and field.

She is saying writers should increase the readability of their texts. Even University Presses can no longer afford to lose money on books written for only 15 scholars in a feild, no matter how fine the work. All authors submitting manuscripts to scholarly presses now have to think about reaching the widest possible audience — it is far better for a press if the book at least breaks even on the sales of a book.

Greetings, I wrote a dissertation in late Thinking about submitting in academic arena but not sure how to do so. I defended my PhD thesis in and received the top grade. The dissertation was in a way already a book both in some print versions and as a permanent link to an electronic database, but it would be legitimate to write a book for another publisher, so that is not the problem.

The problem is that I was so sick of the PhD work and over? At the moment what little time I have left from a university lectureship a VERY teaching-intensive job description goes to my postdoc monograph and I cannot focus on two research projects at once.

Which should I prioritize? From Dissertation to Book: I wonder if you can reassure or advise me. I started researching and writing a book nearly 20 years ago. I found myself unable to access academic literature and so embarked upon a PhD. My intention, when undertaking the PhD was always to write the book. My supervisors were supportive of this and the thesis passed without correction last year at a Russell group university in the UK last year.

Since then I have been writing a book proposal for my ideal publisher with whom I have already published and adapting the thesis. I have cut out the methodology chapter, integrated relevant parts of my discursive literature review into the body of the text, and am in the midst of writing a new introduction.

My substantive chapters have fallen quite easily into shorter chapters that I think more appropriate to the practitioner readership I want to reach. Apart from these changes, the thesis and proposed book are pretty much identical. I was very worried, when discovering, during the thesis submission process, that my thesis would be made available online. I embargoed the online version for a year, and was verbally assured that the university library would seek my consent before making it available.

As you so rightly point out, publishers are interested only in commercial viability. Despite reassurances from my supervisor, I fail to understand why a publisher would be at all interested in publishing a book so closely based on a document that any Tom, Dick or Harry can access in seconds.

My advice is to proceed with the proposal and the revised manuscript and just see what happens. I would not disclose to the press anything about this. Just proceed with your publishing plans. I somehow as able to turn the paper into an actual book, a readable book instead of a research paper, but I seem to have one problem.

What do I do with footnotes? Do I have them all added up at the end of the book? Do I add them at the end of every page as footnotes? Do you have any advice I can use please? Dear Karen, I just stumbled over your website while searching for information and advice on publishing.

My examiners were very happy with the quality of work and recommended that it would be good if I publish it as a book since my career interest is not in the academia at the moment. When I started my research that was not part of my idea but with the interest it generated from my supervisors and examiners, it is something worth considering. My work is a qualitative research. I will be keeping tab with you for more professional guide on how to kick start getting it turned into a marketable book.

Thanking you in advance for your wonderful assistance. You could ruin your chances of getting tenure if your thesis is freely available. In the Chronicle of Higher Education http: Book editors seem unanimous on that point for obvious reasons. Many university libraries routinely add dissertations to their electronic holdings. If yours does, then opt out. If your thesis is already online, then have it taken down.

At present, this is a disaster waiting to happen rather than a battlefield covered with the bodies of humanists denied tenure because presses would not even look at their manuscripts, but warning signals are going up. I have heard of two commercial-academic presses and one university press that insisted the dissertation be removed from ProQuest before they would consider it.

A job hunter at my school took a chapter from his recently defended dissertation and turned it into an article. He sent it off and the journal wrote back to ask whether this was from a chapter in a thesis on ProQuest; if so, they would not look at it because they considered it already published. The same could happen to your article or book manuscript. Numerous universities have made putting dissertations on ProQuest a requirement. Others will permit you to block that process and renew the block, at least for a while.

Whenever that protection runs out, though, ProQuest or the library or both will make the piece available. Your university may argue that a state institution receives public money, so part of its mission is to make its research available to that same public.

Fair enough, but you must still try to ensure that your university can and will remove a dissertation from open access if asked. Refusal to create that mechanism could destroy the careers of its humanities PhDs. This may prove to be an issue that dies without much consequence.

Not all fields, even within the humanities, operate on the same assumptions, and some people see dissertations cited as a way of boosting your visibility within your specialty. Presses may eventually decide to ignore ProQuest dissertations and rely on the degree to which you have revised your material. Or they may just settle for your taking the document off line until after your book is in print. Various professional societies have argued that the thesis monograph should not serve as the basis for a tenure decision, and tenure itself may disappear some day.

For the present, though, none of these outcomes is assured, and the more radical are not likely to happen soon, so protect yourselves! Revising a humanities dissertation into a book can take far more effort than you realize. If you are moving from one temporary job to the next, having to pay for moves with nonexistent savings, and teaching six or more new courses each year, you will need to remember and act on successive deadlines despite many distractions.

Ideally, you revise your manuscript during the first two years of your tenure clock. If you are lucky, you land your manuscript at a press within the next four years. Perhaps it will be in print a year after that. Only then should you let your dissertation go on line. The first that comes to mind is that a dissertation is not a book; however brilliant your dissertation is, a publisher will probably want something very different.

A good publisher knows that what they can get out of you 2 years after you complete the dissertation will be a much better product that the dissertation. It has a different sort of quality control to the double-blind reading a publisher will give it, but it still the output of an examination process, and if it is not good enough, then you should not have passed.

The third issue I have is that this is grounded in assumptions about the dissertation-publication-tenure path which no longer hold. The old Phd-published monograph-tenured post track is broken at several points. Phd output in many disciplines exceeds the pool of academic jobs, so many Phd grads will no longer get academic posts, and many dissertations will never be published.

If they are not online, they are dead. Articles are much more serious competition for a book than a pdf on any repository, but they are also some evidence that the person has something to say, so it cuts both ways. Publishers have priced monographs out of the marketplace. Thanks for the warning although I am long past being able to take it. That said, does this beg the question of whether using publications as criteria for tenure needs to be reconsidered? I agree the system has to change and probably is, as we speak.

I just hope, while expectations are in flux, that the tenure casualties are kept to a minimum. This is a really interesting post and discussion and I hope it gets more exposure — although the issue may be being discussed more widely than I realize. How can one undo this? Oh dear, thsi was a guest post. I know nothing about ProQuest from personal experience. I simply said that Proquest admitted that one could remove something, and the graduate school here proved helpful and helped four students remove theirs.

I do not know how Canadian law fits in; where I ran into the most important hurdle was the sense of the grad school that as a semi-public university, our research was supposed to be available to the public. However, given the info on how this could affect publication as a book and given the word I had from another school hammering this out that a press had refused to consider something unless it had been removed from proquest, the grad school at my institution backed off on demanding that.

Thus, the undoing will have to be through the individual school. And ProQuest has thus far honored this for almost three years with no need for renewal.

For instance, my current school is now considering requiring graduates to get approval from their former diss advisors in order to extend an embargo. But, aside from degree revocation, what mechanism would even be available to an institution in order to compel a degree-in-hand graduate to allow ProQuest to post the work? This post makes me sad because when I was in college I loved looking up dissertations on ProQuest.

I mean, I get why someone might not want them up there. I agree with Eileen. Having dissertations online allow others to read about the academic work of others in their original, honest form.

As someone who has never managed to land a University post despite having good grades and some I hope interesting research. It makes it difficult to research online. Surely it only ends up increasing the gulf of general ignorance, and does little to improve access to whatever the scholar in question laboured to achieve?


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