If you are writing a PhD thesis, you may be thinking about how to get your work published when you\u2019re done. One option is to convert your thesis \u2013 or part of your thesis \u2013 into an academic journal article.\n\nAnd if you want to do this, you\u2019ll need to:\n\n \tPick a journal with a scope that matches your research interests.\n \tDecide which parts of your thesis you want to use for the article.\n \tThink about whether to co-author the article with someone else.\n \tCheck the journal publisher\u2019s website for author instructions.\n \tHave the article proofread by an academic editor.\n\nLet\u2019s look at each of these steps in more detail to see how the process works.\n1. Pick a Journal\nTo maximize your chances of publication, pick a suitable journal. The journal\u2019s scope \u2013 i.e., the kind of work it publishes \u2013 is the most important factor here.\n\nSpecialist journals with a narrower scope may be more open to submissions from early career academics than larger, multidisciplinary journals (simply because there is more competition for Nature than, say, the American Journal of Potato Research). But the most important thing is that your work fits the research interests and approaches of the publishing journal.\n\nOther things to consider when choosing a journal include:\n\n \tArticle rejection rate.\n \tJournal metrics (e.g., the impact factor).\n \tJournal reputation (e.g., the turnaround times for acceptance\/publication).\n\nFor more advice, check out the Think. Check. Submit. campaign.\n\n[caption id="attachment_11410" align="aligncenter" width="328"] Important potato research.(Photo: David R. Tribble)[\/caption]\n2. Plan Turning Your Thesis into a Journal Article\nA PhD thesis is, typically, a long, detailed account of your research. By comparison, a journal article will usually be more focused.\n\nAs such, part of turning your thesis into a journal article involves deciding what you will include. This could be a case of setting out your overall argument in clear, concise terms. Or it could be looking for parts of your PhD research that you could use for standalone articles.\n\nWhen planning your article, you will therefore need to:\n\n \tHave a clearly defined research question.\n \tFind the parts of your thesis that are most relevant to your question.\n \tSummarize the aims, methods, results, and outcomes involved.\n \tRewrite key sections to make them self-standing.\n \tTweak the article to fit the journal requirements.\n\nThe first step, then, is creating a paper outline with the factors above in mind.\n3. Consider Co-Authorship\nIf anyone else made a significant contribution to your research, such as your PhD supervisor, you may want to ask them about co-authoring your article. As well as ensuring academic fairness \u2013 i.e., crediting them for the contribution they made \u2013 this has a couple of distinct advantages:\n\n \tYou can benefit from their experience of publishing academic work.\n \tHaving an established name with a good reputation in your field of study on the paper may boost your chances of publication.\n\nRemember, though, anyone credited as an author on an article must have made a significant contribution. If they have not, you may want to mention them in a footnote or an \u201cAcknowledgements\u201d section instead.\n4. Check the Author Instructions\nBefore writing your article, check the journal publisher\u2019s website for author instructions. These should tell you all you need to know about:\n\n \tThe journal\u2019s submission guidelines (e.g., review by an ethics committee).\n \tThe journal\u2019s style requirements (e.g., word count, terminology)\n\nMake sure to follow these guidelines when preparing your journal article.\n5. Have Your Article Proofread\nFinally, once you have drafted an article, have someone check it.\n\nAsking a colleague is a good first step, as they may have feedback on content. But you\u2019ll also want to ask a professional proofreader to review your document before submission, thus ensuring it is typo free.