A how-to guide for including publications in your thesis or project.
The submission must include a thesis or dissertation, which provides the:
b) Scholarly or practical context of the research
c) Process and methodology
d) Presentation of the results, analysis and conclusions of the research.
The thesis submission may also include components such as research outputs and artefacts, for example: published articles, creative works, software and professional reports or policy documents.
With respect to including these in the thesis, publications:
With respect to co-authorship (for candidates submitting after 1 January 2023) the following also apply:
Publications must comply with research integrity requirements. Research integrity is the coherent and consistent adherence to a set of principles that underpin the excellence and trustworthiness of research. This includes reporting research fully and honestly. See the Principles of Research Integrity at RMIT, and RMIT Dissemination of Research Outputs Procedure.
Publications can be included in part or in full, and if published, verbatim or re-formatted.
The overall length of the thesis and number of publications included may vary between disciplines. Candidates should consult with their supervisors and HDR DA regarding the normal standards in their discipline.
The structure and organising logic of the thesis needs to satisfy the submission requirements. This includes providing:
Back-to-back publications book-ended by an introduction and a conclusion is insufficient. Instead, the thesis would usually include additional discussion and intermediate sections linking the publications together and telling the story. For example, where publications occupy whole chapters:
It is acceptable to include co-authored publications in the thesis, for example, with supervisors and other candidates. Where publications are included in the thesis, the candidate (whose thesis it is):
It is also acceptable for candidates who are co-lead authors to use the same publication within their respective theses. As per comments above about thesis coherence and argument, this would be explained to examiners in the thesis.
If a publication is included in the thesis in which the candidate is not the lead author, detailed explanation and justification must be provided.
Co-authors need to provide permission by completing the Research Outputs Declaration (PDF, 126KB).
Some elements, such as methodology, literature review and bibliography, may be repeated within each publication. Examiners are likely to understand justifiable repetition. Unnecessary repetition, however, should be avoided.
For the purposes of examination, candidates do not need permission to include copyright works in their thesis to which they have contributed.
Once the submission has been classified as passed, however, the candidate will need to prepare the archival version for lodgement to the RMIT Research Repository. This will need to acknowledge copyright of publications. For further information see here and the RMIT Library copyright guide.
It is strongly recommended that examiners are briefed to expect a thesis incorporating publications as this may be new to some examiners. It is the supervisors’ role to do this as part of the examiner selection process. The RMIT guidelines provided to examiners explain that it is acceptable to include publications in the thesis.
Guidelines for examiners are available on the HDR forms and guidelines page.
The term 'publication' is used broadly to denote:
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