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Thesis including Published Works* : Faculty of Arts Guidelines

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These guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the generic guidelines.

Defining 'publication'

Academic research is traditionally and primarily published as papers or articles in academic journals.  Such articles are generally referred to as 'publications'.

For the purpose of the thesis with publication guidelines, ‘publication' can be defined as:

  • an unpublished manuscript that has been accepted for review by a reputable publisher;
  • a monograph, book chapter or journal article published by a reputable publisher;
  • an equivalent research output in non-traditional disciplines that has been accepted for review by a reputable professional/commercial body if not has been ‘published' (ie made public under the auspices of that professional/commercial body) in a format appropriate to the discipline.

Please refer to the 'Authorship' information in the generic thesis with publication guidelines for details about the extent to which a student must contribute to the paper/work in order for it to be included in the body of the thesis.

It is important to note that research outputs in non-traditional disciplines can only be included in a thesis (or equivalent), as appropriate, for one of the following degrees:

Degree Examples of appropriate research outputs
Master of Arts (Creative Writing) A novel, short story, play, poem.
PhD (Creative Writing)
PhD (Journalism) Publication mediums appropriate to the content of the journalistic research: print, video, radio, digital multimedia, exhibition.
Master of Arts (Music Composition) Composed musical scores and sound recordings of same
PhD (Music Composition)
Master of Arts (Music Performance) Production/Recordings of live musical performances

PhD (Music Performance)

Master of Arts (Theatre Performance) Production/Recordings of a live performance ora written dramatic work
PhD (Theatre Performance)
PhD (Translation Studies) A translated novel, short story, play, poem.

Framing Material

A thesis with publication must include an integrative discussion that works to bring together the various elements presented in the thesis. The format and placement of this discussion will depend on the content and number of papers/works included in the thesis. It may:

  • form the introduction or be included in the introduction of the thesis in which the research question/s covered by the thesis are specified and the research is contextualised in the existing literature; or
  • be included across the introduction and conclusion of the thesis; or
  • be included across the introduction and conclusion of the thesis as well incorporated into linking text placed between papers/works and other thesis material as appropriate.

Depending on the content and number of papers/works included in the thesis, it may be necessary to add text (even a chapter) to appropriately cover methodology, techniques, validation etc.

The format and placement of framing material in the thesis is should be collaboratively determined by the student and their supervisory team as appropriate to the overall work.