publishing from the PhD
(not the PhD by publication)
a post/during PhD
• sets out what you will write
• who you are writing for the target
• the order of publications
• when you will publish
• where you will publish
what does a plan look like?
a writing folder on your desktop - the writing folder contains :
• a summary publishing plan document in table form with hyperlinks
to abstracts and target journals
• also in the master folder:
your thesis with bookmarked relevant pages for each publication
a folder for each paper
title of journal
your goal today – to do the master sheet, target
journal and roughs of abstracts
the folder for each paper contains the abstract doc and six
1. a folder for source material - any data and any cut and paste from your
2. a folder for PDFs or links to PDFs of key literatures
3. a folder for drafts
4. a folder for final docs as submitted for review, one anonymised and one
5. a folder for revised docs
6. a folder for the pdf of final submitted version which is submitted to a
repository and the letter of acceptance with date
well actually that’s just a
suggestion, you can
organise it any way you
like, but it’s neat to have it
why do plan everything all at once?
because you can see overlaps
• you don’t try to write everything in the first paper
• you can sort out what goes where
and this might help you in writing because
• you can see the order in which you need to write all the things
• you can organise your life a realistic writing schedule
what’s more - its not written in stone. you can change the plan as you go
is there a book from
the publisher will ask you:
• who is the reader?
• why do they need this book?
• what is already out there?
• what is your book’s USP?
• will it sell enough?
if you can answer these questions, what
publisher(s) will be interested? you have
to know the lists to work out who to talk
the journal articles
• forget the overall thesis results.You can’t stuff 80k into 6k. If you
want to write the overall message of your thesis, maybe it’s a book,
or it comes at the end of a series of papers which build up to it.
• it’s not even a cut and paste of a chapter. you can’t get a 7k paper out
of a 10k chapter. that’s because
• each chapter has several strands running so may not break up well
or easily, and
• a paper also has to have additional words - an intro, literatures,
methods, discussion and a big So What.
• it’s a nugget of something which might be in a chapter or more than
first of all, think critically about what you
have in hand:
• what are the NEW bits in your thesis:
• something about the research process?
• a new line on the literatures?
• a key finding or two or three?
• a good case study or two?
• something which contradicts a set of literatures out there, or adds
• something which speaks to a current hot topic?
title of journal
write out your list and the populate the first
column of the table
now take one possible paper and think about
• who are they?
• why would they be interested?
• what do they already know about this
• where will they read about your ‘stuff’ – which journal or professional
• what’s the point you want them to take from this paper?
check the journal
• is it the right place?
• do you know this journal
• what kind of papers have
they already published about
what is the title of this article?
• something catchy
which sums up the
point: description of
title of journal
now change the title of that paper in the first
column and add the journal
now write bullets for the abstract
• focus of the paper – this paper examines/investigates etc
• the methods
• the argument – the paper argues that…
hyperlink this document to the paper title in your table.
rinse and repeat until your table is populated
• check the order of papers –
adjust if necessary
• sort out realistic dates for
• put these into your diary, onto
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