Q: Should the thesis be cited when rewriting a thesis as a journal article?

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When rewriting a thesis as a journal article, should we point this out anywhere in the manuscript? If so, where in the article should this be mentioned?

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It is quite a common practice to write journal articles from one’s thesis. These can be based on all the data in the thesis plus some additional data or only on a part of the data. Citing a thesis will depend on how it was published. If it was published by a publisher and is publicly accessible, then you need to cite the thesis in your manuscript. You can mention this in the introduction section of the manuscript. You would also need to inform the journal editor about this in the cover letter. You should also confirm if you need to obtain permission from the thesis publisher.

 

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