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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

PhD by Published Work

A Practical Guide for Success

ISBN 9781137385192
Publication Date April 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Research Skills

More researchers and academics than ever are now choosing to collate their accumulated published work into a PhD. Universities offer a range of pathways to achieving a PhD by Published Work but there is little guidance available for potential or existing students. This much-needed book provides a practical and comprehensive guide to all aspects of the award.

Informed by surveys of academic staff from around the world, the text provides an honest assessment of the pros and cons of various routes and helps you to select a pathway that's right for you. It demystifies key processes and aspects of the award, such as navigating regulations, writing a synthesis and preparing for a vice voce examination. In addition, the book provides a wealth of guidance on how to maximise the impact of your publication outputs and improve your success rate with journals. Each chapter is enriched with activities, questions and advice from those who have successfully completed the award to help you get the most out of your doctoral experience.

Susan Smith is Head of Curriculum Development and Review at Leeds Beckett University, UK.

1. What is a PhD by Published Work and Why do it?
2. Understanding the Practicalities and Process of Doing a PhD by Published Work
3. Writing for Publication and How to Maximise the Impact of your Publication Outputs
4. Writing Your Synthesis
5. Working With Your Supervisor
6. Managing Your Viva Voce Examination… and Beyond.


If you are studying for a PhD by published work and looking for help and advice, you need look no further than this book. Through a series of detailed case studies, Susan Smith guides the reader through the stages, and possible pitfalls, of assembling a portfolio of publications, from inception right through to examination. An excellent and incredibly well-researched text which will prove invaluable to those studying for this award.' - Peter Smith, University of Sunderland, UK
'A helpful, practical guide for anyone embarking on a PhD by publication. Excerpts from examiners and successful candidates are used successfully to illustrate personal experiences and offer a deeper insight into the process of completing such an award. In doing so, these personal stories bring a human dimension to the very serious business of completing a doctorate by publication.' - Margaret Walshaw, Massey University, NZ
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