You should discuss the strategies for publishing your thesis with your supervisor as early as possible and develop a Publication Plan. You should also discuss issues of authorship and intellectual property (IP).
Publications refer to work available in the public domain that has undergone some form of peer review. Forms of publication could include:
You should consult with your supervisor and consider which forms and quality of publications are respected in your discipline.
There are several benefits to publishing research arising from your masters or doctoral thesis. These include:
You can write your thesis in the form of publications; see the ECU policy on Thesis with Publication.
GRS runs workshops on Publishing Your Research to guide you through the different forms and quality of publications, authorship issues and the peer-review process.
Agreement should be reached between you and your supervisors concerning authorship of publications and acknowledgment – during and after candidature – to avoid misunderstandings. There should be open and mutual recognition of the contribution on all published work arising from your research project.
To be considered for authorship, there must be a substantial contribution towards:
Some tips for avoiding disputes over authorship:
For more information, refer to the ECU policy on Authorship, Publication of Research and Peer Review.
Before you can publish your research, you may need to consider intellectual property (IP) implications.
Determining the ownership of IP is complex. Generally, students own the IP they create during their studies.
However there may be other factors involved, such as whether the student is an ECU employee, if there is a third party sponsoring the project or research and whether the IP was developed jointly by a staff member and student.
If your thesis is part of a larger research project, or you have industry or government funding for your project, you need to confirm your IP rights.
Your supervisor and Research Services can provide further information and advice regarding IP rights.
ECU has a policy on Intellectual Property to help guide research students and staff.
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