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w=300" data-large-file="https://thethesiswhisperer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/screen-shot-2017-04-02-at-11-15-36-am.png? w=620" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-8251" src="https://thethesiswhisperer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/screen-shot-2017-04-02-at-11-15-36-am.png? w=300&h=229" alt="" width="300" height="229" srcset="https://thethesiswhisperer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/screen-shot-2017-04-02-at-11-15-36-am.png? w=300&h=229 300w, https://thethesiswhisperer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/screen-shot-2017-04-02-at-11-15-36-am.png? w=600&h=458 600w, https://thethesiswhisperer.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/screen-shot-2017-04-02-at-11-15-36-am.png? w=150&h=114 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /The thesis-by-publication (or alternative thesis) format is becoming more and more ‘trendy’ for the modern day Ph D student.
This approach offers students an opportunity to write their thesis alongside writing peer reviewed publications and refining those all-important research skills.
They constitute a comprehensive summary of the appended papers, and should clarify the contribution of the doctoral student if the papers are written by several authors.
They should not provide new results, but may provide synthesis of new conclusions by combining results from several of the papers.
Thesis The papers submitted must form a coherent whole – they must be linked thematically (by a consistent focus on a particular topic) and structurally (by the inclusion of an introduction, explanatory material between the chapters and a conclusion).
Normal academic requirements apply: your thesis must be a substantial, original contribution to knowledge in the discipline and must observe appropriate referencing conventions, etc.Opening thoughts Be prepared to have a discussion about not only why you chose alternative thesis format, but how this has helped you develop as an early career researcher.There are many advantages of this type of thesis and during my viva I had a great discussion about the ways this helped me develop my research skills. This kind of thesis may be suited to certain disciplines in which your study proceeds in discrete stages or involves a sequence of related components, for example, a series of laboratory experiments. the production of several artworks.)Check with your department/faculty to see if a thesis with publications is possible and to find out the specific requirements. (NB: Requirements vary, so the following should be taken as a guide only): Papers Generally, only those papers researched and written after enrolment can be included and only those actually accepted for publication are allowed (i.e. Journals Papers must be accepted by reputable, high profile journals which require full peer review of contributions.Authorship You should be the main contributor to all of the papers you include (i.e.The thesis by published works format is chosen in cases where the student intends to first publish the thesis in parts in international journals.It often results in a higher number of publications during the doctoral studies than a monograph and may render in higher number of citations in other research publications; something that may be advantageous from research funding point of view and may facilitate readership appointment after the dissertation.They may supplement the articles with a motivation of the chosen scope, research problems, objectives and methods, and a strengthening of the theoretical framework, analysis and conclusions, since the extent of the articles normally does not allow this kind of longer discussions.For the last couple of decades people have been experimenting with different types of Ph D programs.There are many excellent ‘how-to’ articles out there, but what do examiners think of alternative thesis?I wanted to share with you some key take home messages that came out of my viva experience, which can hopefully help you when both writing your thesis and preparing for the viva.