Tips for Writing Article from your Dissertation

I have been receiving questions about recommendations for how to get started when writing an article from your dissertation or a research project. Here’s a few tips to get started:

I highly recommend the book, “Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success” by Wendy Laura Belcher. This is a book I used when teaching graduate courses focused on writing educational research courses and continue to recommend to colleagues. The chapters are set-up to walk you through all the steps and can help structure and guide you through the writing process.

I also recommend deciding where you would like to publish. Select a journal in the field with scope and aims that align with your topic. Read current articles and get accustomed to the style and structure commonly used in the journal. Look at the submission requirements (length, style, etc.) to find a good fit for your work. A reminder to check with your supervisor for more advice as this is also dependent on the type of dissertation (e.g., manuscript based).

Another suggestion is to review how another author wrote an article from their dissertation. I often share an example from one of my research collaborators.

Example: Dr. Christy Thomas wrote about one of the findings and expanded on this from the dissertation in the following article:

Article in International Journal for Leadership in Learning (Thomas, 2022)

Dissertation: Exploring the impact of professional development partnerships on teaching and learning (Thomas, 2016)

Here’s one more example showing how a conceptual framework was used in my doctoral study:

Brown, B., & Jacobsen, M. (2016). Principals’ technology leadership: How a conceptual framework shaped a mixed methods study. Journal of School Leadership, 26(5), 811-836.

Dissertation (Brown, 2013): How Principals Cultivate Technology Integration and Use Professional Learning Networks

I hope these tips are helpful to get started with sharing your research! This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of tips and may not apply to all types of research projects. Be sure to connect with your supervisor for more advice.