A Guide to Steer Your Academic Career
Edited by Alain Fayolle and Mike Wright
Chapter 8: Moving from the periphery to the inner circle: getting published from your thesis
As a doctoral student you will undoubtedly be met with demands for publication ñ sooner rather than later. Since you will start out as a novice in the race for publication, you will need some advice on how to get a head start. This chapter is a primer for doctoral students in the early phases of working on their dissertation. It sets out to provide some basic guidelines for how to overcome the significant challenge posed by publication requirements. It commences with an auto-ethnographic narrative of the doctoral process. It proceeds to address the differences between the monograph and the article-based thesis, highlighting the pros and cons of each. This is followed by some general advice on how to publish from your PhD. In conclusion it deals with the issue of an academic identity and the emotions involved in the process of development. I started my PhD in 2007 in a UK university and completed it in 2010. Three years of total immersion in the field, of total involvement and engagement with my data, analysing, theorizing and summarizing, watching and waiting for themes and findings to emerge from this complex combination of theory and practice; zooming in and zooming out of the field and building my research skills, writing skills and the sense of myself as an ëacademicí. My PhD thesis was in the form of a monograph, the more common form of PhD in the UK.
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