Creating an article from your thesis means more than just copying and pasting. The audience for the thesis is your committee whereas for an article it may be fellow researchers, professionals working in the field, policy makers, educators, or the general audience. Your article manuscript will need to be modified accordingly. This section is based on Extracting a journal article from your thesis from Taylor & Francis publishing tips for authors.
Plan the article
Identify the central message that you want to get across. This could be a new theory, novel methodology or original findings. Make sure that your article follows a coherent argument and targets the journal audience.
Decide on the kind of article you want to write - will it be a report, position paper, critique or review? What makes your argument or research interesting? How might it add value to the field?
Select a journal
Selecting the right journal means reaching the audience you intend for your article to speak to. To start identifying potential journals:
Automatic journal finders can recommend a journal based on your manuscript title/abstract:
To further narrow down the list:
Is it a trusted journal or publisher?
How to identify a deceptive publisher? See the Deceptive Publishing Checklist created by U of T.
Write the article
You may choose to approach writing your thesis with an aim to publish it as an article or several articles, known as an integrated/publication-based/sandwich thesis. Alternatively, you can reformat and convert your completed thesis into an article to fit the scope and style of a journal article. In both cases it will be helpful to:
Additional resources on converting your thesis into an article:
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