In various universities inside the UK and outside, publishing a thesis with a Journal is generally one of the many conditions students have to comply with before concluding their academic journey. By publishing their thesis (of course, in the form of an article) in renowned Journals, students not only disseminate their research findings to the concerned academic community across the globe but also open up the gate for making official contributions to the study of a subject. This in turn also affords students the honour of becoming an author. Fortunately, there are not many differences between a thesis and a journal article. And, to a great extent, submitting an article to a Journal is the same as submitting the thesis to the panel of professors. Only a few differences exist, and it would not be something students need thesis help with, simply because it is already there!
Of course, writing an exceptional thesis demands a lot of scientific labour, which you probably have gone through. Most of the time, the requirements pertaining to the thesis are listed by universities for strict adherence, which again you have already followed. Similarly, Journals also have their requirements, associated with Scope, Formatting, Plagiarism, Copyright, Disclosure, etc. However, the best part is, firstly you don't need to go over writing your thesis from the beginning — only make 'slight' changes. And secondly, your thesis, in the form of an article, would now be reaching a huge community specializing in the subject. If your work is good, you would be praised and quoted in every other thesis and articles. Therefore, the journey thereon would be a worthwhile one. However, we would also need to understand the limitations of a Journal. The requirement of adhering to the rules laid out by specific Journals is more rigidly imposed. For instance, if a Journal requires a double-columned manuscript, they would simply reject it if your paper is in single or triple-columned. Similarly, some journals require a certain standard of the language to be followed in the entire manuscript, failing to do which the students would attract a rejection. Therefore, yes, rules are subject to specific journals, however, some typical rules need to be complied with everywhere. And which also turns your thesis into an article for a Journal. In this blog, we are going to have a look at all the critical transformation requirements. Ready? Let's dive in.
We all know that from the surface, thesis and Journal articles are much the same. They are composed of identical sections, they both have robust introductions, support systems, methodologies, findings, conclusions, etc. Yet, one cannot just publish a thesis into a Journal for articles. It is because there are prominent dissimilarities as well between a thesis and an article. And these dissimilarities are what we need to address/change to make the transformation.
Articles submitted to a Journal can not have the bulk that a thesis usually carries. In other words, articles need to be more streamlined than a thesis. To convert a thesis into an article for Journal, students need to deduct all the unnecessary parts of the scientific narrative. Shorten each section to only hold the most relevant set of information without which the consistency may suffer. However, also make sure that you do not compromise on providing the data based on which is your entire argument.
Also, the first change that you make when you are in the process is to rewrite the Introduction into 'Abstract'. An abstract shall contain a powerful synopsis of your research, from introduction to findings and conclusion, yet be limited to 300 words (specifications may vary from Journal to Journal).
There is also a philosophical difference between a thesis and an article. Thesis helps professors know your experimentative grasp on the subject, and therefore you do your best to showcase it. While in a Journal article, you are already assumed an expert, on top of the fact that the readers of the journal are scholars, researchers, or professionals in the same field. These intellectuals are not here to judge your capacity but the validity of the arguments you are making, or whether your article is making valuable contributions to the literature. Based on which, you might draw praise or criticism from the community concerned with your field of interest. Be ready for both, and make the appropriate changes to make your article a foolproof one.
Carefully read each clause of the 'rulebook' of the Journal you are applying to, always. Be assured that you have gone through the scope of the Journal, and made necessary changes to your article to eliminate any signs that could push it out of the Journal's scope. It is because all the Journals of the world are limited by their scope. And if you don't check before submitting your paper, it may turn out to be a complete waste of time. An alternative is to find a Journal whose scope absolutely matches with your work.
As discussed above in Change #1, articles are shorter in length. This is supported by the fact that, in articles, one is not supposed to go on to discuss the entire list of revelations. Instead, they need to be selective by excavating data from your thesis that address only one aspect/question of the research. If you need to put all your arguments, findings, methodologies, better save it for a separate manuscript and submission. This change is much of a character change as some might say, while others would call it the Journals' way of keeping researches more organized, dealing with one issue at a time. And as a result of which, Journals are often regarded as more practical, specialized, and to the point.
Make clear-cut sections for everything the Journal asks you to, religiously. For instance, IEEE Access requires authors to mandatorily make a 'Conclusions' section, even though you have mentioned the results under 'Discussion'. Similarly, other journals may have some special requirements related to particular sections. Make sure to address them all in your article. Some Journals also stress on the style of citations. Therefore, always put them into the paper in the fashion of the Journal. Also obey the limit regarding the number of citations that can be utilized in an article, which makes even more sense to put only the relevant ones.
There you go! You now have all the information for transforming your thesis into an article for publishing it in a Journal. In case you need any assistance, please feel free to reach out to me, or My Assignment Services who are the premier in providing thesis help to hundreds of students every day across the UK, Canada, and Australia. Happy authorship!
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