The dissertation we deliver to the world is a repository of data and knowledge we mine in subsequent months and years to reap the rewards of our long laborious hours of research and writing.
No matter what type of institution we attend or attended, we need to publish. Printing and binding your dissertation may make it like a book, but this is not what academic experts mean when they suggest you publish in book form.
You must be careful when you seek prospective journals.
Go back through your dissertation references and make a list of articles that were useful to you. Were the authors affiliated with respectable schools? Here’s a hint: If they want you to pay a fee to submit or to publish, strike them from your list of potential journals.
(Remember, we don’t submit a manuscript to more than one journal at a time.) Start with a top-tier journal. I’ve edited a number of life sciences dissertations that were organized into three journal articles, each focused on one aspect of the research project.
This format is not the norm in social science fields like business, education, and psychology, in which most dissertators follow a traditional five chapter format.
For this first article, I reported what faculty members thought owners and administrators of vocational colleges should do to improve academic quality at their schools.
I guess it worked, because after a round of revisions, the article was published by a reputable journal. My second article, in review now for about a billion years, focused on methodology.