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Publish your research. This guide is designed to assist emerging researchers and provide an update for experienced researchers.

Publishing from your thesis

Worried your open access thesis will compromise your article publishing? 

Some researchers may have been questioned or refused acceptance for self-plagiarism. Many publishers use plagiarism checkers like Turnitin on the initial submission and this will find postgraduate theses on Tuwhera.

Consider the following before you submit your articles:

  • Check the publisher's policy on their website.
  • Check publisher's policy - this document lists some key publishers' statements regarding pre-publication and open access theses.
  • Whether you are writing a book or an article from your thesis, make sure you have rewritten your research substantially.
  • Negotiate an agreement with your publisher to ensure that you are able to use your research in your thesis for your article or book.
  • Make sure that you have gained permissions for using any 3rd party copyright materials in your publications.

Examples of publisher's policies

Got invited to publish a book?

Some postgraduates may be contacted by "Print on Demand" (POD) publishers offering to publish their research as a book. POD publishers publish theses in a PDF format with an ISBN number. Theses are then listed on Amazon and other bookseller sites. A hard copy is printed when someone makes a request. Typically such emails come from a publisher called VDM (Verlag Dr. Mueller) or any publishing units associated with LAP (Lambert Academic Publishing).

While you own the copyright in your work and are therefore free to decide what to do with it, we advise that you consider these points before proceeding:

  1. Unlike traditional publishing, the works are not vetted, peer reviewed or professionally edited.
  2. Your research is already available on Tuwhera, without cost or restriction, for other researchers and students around the world to read.
  3. You may be asked to sign away the copyright in your own work. Look at the terms and conditions very carefully and consider seeking legal advice before signing.
  4. Publishing in this way is very likely to harm your chances of publishing your research with a traditional and often more reputable publisher.

In addition to requesting a copy of their author-publisher agreement, here are some things you should try to ascertain before making a decision:

  1. What is the quality of the printed books (jackets, binding, etc)?
  2. What is the royalty share you will receive? With POD, as with vanity publishing, you have very little certainty as to the number of books that will be sold.
  3. What will the publisher do to market/promote your work?
  4. Will people be able to obtain your thesis only through this publisher from now on? Will they require that your thesis be removed from Tuwhera?

Vanity Press

The difference between predatory publishers and vanity press. "Predatory publishers claim to have a working peer review, but actually it’s either not present or it’s substantially flawed. Vanity press, on the other hand, never claim to have a peer review process – therefore they are usually perfectly legal businesses." From Bealll's List. Be careful about sending your work to these publishers.