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Adapting your PhD Dissertation


Ethics International Press are always pleased to receive proposals for work derived from a PhD dissertation.

Please read and follow these short guidelines below, and remember that, in common with the rest of our publishing portfolio, Ethics International Press make no charges to publish an adapted PhD dissertation.

Co-authorship - working with a co-author, such as a supervisor, can often help to enrich a PhD adaptation. Please consider working with a co-author.

Title - please give your book a title which is different from that of your PhD. A title needs to be clear and descriptive enough for a reader to be able to get a clear picture of what the book is about, just by reading the title.

Introduction - you will almost certainly need an entirely new introduction, which may reference that the book has been adapted from a PhD. You will be explaining to your audience why this work has been adapted into a book, and what it contributes.

Abstract - a book needs an interesting and engaging description (‘blurb’) of approximately 100 words, that will make it discoverable in online searches, and make it appealing to readers. Don’t use the academic abstract.

Methodology and Literature Review - the Methodology and Literature Review sections of a thesis should normally be shortened and be more integrated into a book.

Numbering - section numbering, which may be used in a thesis, should be removed from a book.

References - please take the opportunity to update some of your references.

Third party material and permissions - you do not need permission to include copyrighted material (photos, maps, diagrams and charts from other published works, etc.) in a PhD thesis, but you do in a book. If you include them, you will need to get written permission before we can agree to publish. So think about excluding them unless they are crucial to your book.