How to build a publication plan…


… when your student feels getting published is like getting through a brick wall. With doctoral theses increasingly being completed by publication, this post may be less relevant for some. If your students are completing conventional theses, however, do you complete a publication plan with them early in candidature? Do you try to aim for a publication per year of candidature, with each student? Are you explicitly committed to your students completing their doctorates with appropriate publication records in place? Do you use your own reputation and writing skills to ensure that students’ records already demonstrate the capacity to publish in high-ranking journals in your field? How do you help students decide how much time to devote to crafting publications during candidature?

I now regard joint publication as an essential aspect of doctoral supervision, especially since I finished my PhD several years ago and started applying for academic jobs. Students who have not had such publication-focused supervisors may take years to catch up on the soft skills of publication, and on establishing a publication track record.  An achievable joint publication plan is now an ethical imperative for all supervisors to prepare and enact with students.


Author: Lucinda McKnight

Dr Lucinda McKnight is a lecturer in curriculum and pedagogy at Deakin University. She has a BA in Fine Arts, Women's Studies and English from the University of Melbourne, an MA (Distinction) in Media, Culture and Communication, from the Institute of Education now at UCL, and a PhD in Education from Deakin University. Her cartoons have appeared in a number of publications, including Farrago and Health Voice. She has exhibited her artwork at Museum Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts.

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