This is a repost from
Advice for Humanities PhDs revised edition, I got in touch with Kathryn Hume initially to send her a fan email!
I really like her book and will be reviewing it here on the blog soon. When I invited her to consider writing a guest post, she immediately responded with an idea to write about ProQuest, and the impact that electronic dissertation storage is having on the rules of publishing, and potentially on your tenure case.
Thank you, Professor Hume, for sharing your insights. In either case, you knew that you were not supposed to quote from the document or use its ideas without permission from the author. In the case of a hardbound copy, the libraries had records of the borrowers, so misappropriation could, in theory, be traced.
Since you knew the material was unusable without permission, you felt free to ignore dissertations, except to make sure that a recent one was not too similar to the one that you hoped to write, lest it get published before yours and scoop you.
Electronic dissertation storage changes the rules. Universities have enthusiastically assumed that a thesis online is just a faster and handier form of microfilm, and dissertation supervisors have assumed that since they put their theses on microfilm, you should put yours on ProQuest.
Furthermore, its being there may interfere with your landing a revised version at a reputable press. 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.More often, a journal article is crafted based on an excerpt or a chapter of a thesis, and sometimes, multiple articles can be published based on different thesis chapters.
The journal article undergoes further revisions during peer review, which makes it substantially different from the thesis, thus solving the problem of duplication.
Dissertation to Publication: Why Publish? Where to Publish? Publishing Your Dissertation - This guide from the APA gives an overview of the steps needed to publish a dissertation. From Dissertation to Journal Article - The following resources is an article aimed at outlining the process of publishing a dissertation.
Turning your dissertation into a publication does not have to be a chore. Turn it into a book, manuscript or journal.
Free consultation call Pollard provides a step-by-step guide for preparing a dissertation for publication in The Internet Journal of Mental Health (Vol. 2, No. 2). The first thing students need to realize, he says, is that editing your dissertation means more than cutting out enough words to fit a journal's page-count.
Pollard provides a step-by-step guide for preparing a dissertation for publication in The Internet Journal of Mental Health (Vol. 2, No. 2). The first thing students need to realize, he says, is that editing your dissertation means more than cutting out enough words to fit a journal's page-count.
Publishing Your Dissertation in a Scholarly Journal By Jennifer Coombs, PhD, MPAS, PA-C March 9, When earning your PhD, don’t forget that all important final step.