If one submits a thesis to the university library, does this affect one's ability to publish the same data in scientific journals?

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Anthony J. Chubb on Apr 05, 2016 • 1 answer
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If one starts with the following assumptions/facts: 1. Plagiarism (even self-plagiarism) is fraudulent. 2. The university library can/should publish all research in an open-access forum. 3. Funding agencies that pay for the research are no longer content with closed/hidden data. If either the journal papers or the thesis are submitted/published online first, does that exclude the other?


Hi Anthony,
Thanks for the question. Most PhD graduates (and their supervisors) are likely to want to publish their data in an academic journal, and with this in mind, some journals don’t consider the academic thesis to be a prior publication of the work. However this does vary from journal to journal (even within the same publisher, for example at ACS) so it’s worth checking the policy webpages of the journal you intend to submit to. Nature’s policy states: “Nature journals are happy to consider submissions containing material that has previously formed part of a PhD or other academic thesis which has been published according to the requirements of the institution awarding the qualification” which applies to all of the Nature journals. We hope that answers your question – let us know if we can help with anything else.

Nature’s policy: http://www.nature.com/authors/policies/duplicate.html

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Jill Adie on Apr 11, 2016
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