Work in progress
One model for publishing during candidature is to submit elements of HDR student research for publication, which then come to represent ‘work in progress’ within the broader achievements of the thesis.
In this case, the thesis needs to include clear acknowledgement of research published during candidature, in both a dedicated section and the reference list, to explain the timing of those publications, how they differ from the material as submitted in thesis format for examination, and the role of supervisors as co-authors, if relevant (see below).
Students who do not make clear how their publications relate to their thesis risk critique during examination.
Thesis by publication
The UNSW guidelines on Thesis Submission as a Series of Publications states that 'All Chapters except the Introduction/Literature Review and Conclusion/ Recommendations should be work that has been either published or submitted or accepted for publication in discipline appropriate venues at the time the thesis is submitted.'
Please note the guidelines provided by UNSW, as well as the more specific guidelines for students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and ensure that the intention to submit a thesis by publication is discussed and approved at the Confirmation Review.
Further information can also be found at UNSW Research.
Sole versus joint authorship
Students and supervisors must discuss their preferred arrangements for publication of material arising from doctoral research, including when their research has reached an appropriate stage to consider submission for publication, and intended co-authorship arrangements.
Please note that there can be some different disciplinary expectations regarding sole versus joint authorship, and supervisors may themselves hold different views on this issue, but the principles typically used to guide authorship decisions in peer reviewed journals (and in the UNSW Procedure for Authorship and for Resolving Disputes between Authors (PDF)) suggest that supervisors will usually have provided the requisite degree of input (advice on research design, conduct, interpretation, writing) to justify their inclusion as a co-author on publications emanating from HDR student research.
Further information can be found at UNSW Research.
Unethical publishing behaviours
UNSW Library also provides information for authors to identify issues where publishers may attempt to restrict individual researcher’s rights.