Responding to the growing popularity of the thesis by publication within doctoral education, this book offers practical advice and critical discussion of some of the central choices and challenges that PhD students considering dissertation options face.

Drawing on current research and informed by extensive experience of working with and running workshops for PhD candidates who write article-based dissertations, this book gives readers an idea of what writing a thesis by publication entails – what its purpose is, what the various expectations might be for this emerging genre, and what the challenges might be in writing one. Particular emphasis is put on how to put the individual articles together to create a coherent thesis that clarifies the student’s individual original contribution. Written primarily for students, Strategies for Writing a Thesis by Publication in the Social Sciences and Humanities covers key topics such as:

  • how the genre has developed, with an emphasis on the role of the narrative (introductory text) that accompanies the articles
  • typical rhetorical challenges that writers of such dissertations face
  • strategies for handling the writing process
  • specific challenges of demonstrating doctorateness in the thesis by publication and strategies for addressing them
  • institutional variations that the thesis writer should seek clarification on as early as possible
  • structural elements of the narrative and their main functions
  • the range of choices that can be made throughout the doctoral journey and thesis writing.

This book is a must-read for PhD candidates and supervisors new to the genre, as well as those involved in directing PhD programmes who are interested in the pedagogical implications of the move towards article-based dissertations.

The 'Insider Guides to Success in Academia' offers support and practical advice to doctoral students and early-career researchers. Covering the topics that really matter, but which often get overlooked, this indispensable series provides practical and realistic guidance to address many of the needs and challenges of trying to operate, and remain, in academia.

These neat pocket guides fill specific and significant gaps in current literature. Each book offers insider perspectives on the often implicit rules of the game -- the things you need to know but usually aren't told by institutional postgraduate support, researcher development units, or supervisors -- and will address a practical topic that is key to career progression. They are essential reading for doctoral students, early-career researchers, supervisors, mentors, or anyone looking to launch or maintain their career in academia.

chapter 1|19 pages


The doctorate in pieces

chapter 3|29 pages

The writing process

Learning to juggle

chapter 5|22 pages

Finding out what is expected from you

Rules, conventions, and guidelines

chapter 6|34 pages

The structural elements of the narrative

chapter 7|17 pages

Making your doctorate your own

Developing your academic identity