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Scholarly Publishing

A guide to publishing strategically

Thesis to book?

  • Quite frequently early career researchers are approached to consider publishing a thesis as a book. If you intend to publish your thesis in this way considerable editing and reformatting will be required first.
  • Often examiners’ reports suggest publishing options.
  • Books published by print-on-demand and vanity publishers may often not be eligible for categorising as an A1 (authored) book for internal institutional auditing purposes.
  • If you are approached by a publisher please refer to our What if you are approached by a publisher? Consider asking some of these questions section.
  • Also consider contacting the faculty or liaison librarian for your discipline to explore options and considerations further.

Vanity Publishers

Vanity publishers are publishing houses which charge authors to have their works published without the selection criteria usually used in hybrid publishing models. Protect your future academic credibility and ensure maximum prospects for future publishing of your work in credible journals by carefully evaluating the credibility of these publishers BEFORE accepting any offers. Refer to our Choosing publishers section in this guide.

Torres, M.R. (2012, June 24). Advice: Dissertation for sale: A cautionary tale [Blog post].  Retrieved from