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Landscapes and Narratives of PhD by Publication

Demystifying students’ and supervisors’ perspectives

  • Addresses expectations, needs and concerns of PhD by Publication

  • Includes contributions from the UK, Norway and Australia

  • Encompasses both research and practice of PhD by Publication

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Demystifying the PhD by Publication

    • Sin Wang Chong, Neil H. Johnson
    Pages 1-9

About this book

This book includes theoretical, conceptual, empirical, and reflective discussions on issues and experiences pertaining to PhD by Publication for both the prospective and retrospective route. It features formal work alongside reflections on stakeholders’ experiences and addresses formal primary research and research syntheses which survey the landscapes of PhD by Publication regarding its policies, thesis and student experience.

The book provides personal, context-specific and in-depth insider’s perspectives towards PhD by Publication and offers a holistic understanding of micro- and macro-level issues by offering research and personal insights.

'Despite being in existence for over 20 years, the route to PhD is still often poorly understood by individuals and institutions. This lively, personal, informative, and affirming text will change that. Recognising the value and expansion of the route to a PhD by publication, and the current lack of published advice, Chong and Johnson have drawn together accounts by supervisors, student and graduates of their experiences of PhDs by publication, and what they learnt that will make the journey easier for others. Containing advice about how to apply, how to select publications, and how to prepare for the viva, it will be a valuable handbook for students and supervisors alike. Full of insights that will resonate with many research students and supervisors, and not only those involved in the ‘by publication’ route, it will help with tackling perennial barriers such as finding time to write, managing ‘imposter syndrome;’, and addressing the loneliness that many PhD student experience. An immensely useful, direct, profound and inspiring collection.'

Professor Shân Wareing, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Northampton



  • PhD by Published Work
  • Thesis by Publication
  • Doctoral Education
  • Doctoral Supervision
  • Alternative PhD Route
  • Scholarly Publishing
  • prospective route of PhD by Publication
  • retrospective route of PhD by Publication
  • PhD student experience
  • thesis by publication (TBP)
  • Productivity and success in academia
  • PhD by Publication in Australia
  • publishing biases
  • PhD by Published Work in the UK
  • metadiscourse
  • PhDs by published work as texts
  • doctoral supervision as a ‘learning alliance’
  • Brookfield’s reflective lenses
  • PhD by Published Work supervisory training
  • autoethnography design in PhD by publication

Editors and Affiliations

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

    Sin Wang Chong

  • Wearside View, St Peter's Campus, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK

    Neil Johnson

About the editors

Sin Wang Chong is an Associate Professor in Language Education at the University of Edinburgh and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Sin Wang’s research interests include language assessment, computer-assisted language learning, research synthesis, and their intersection. Sin Wang is Associate Editor of two SSCI-indexed journals: Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, and Higher Education Research & Development, both published by Taylor & Francis. Sin Wang sits on the Council of the British Educational Research Association and on the Executive Committee of the British Association for Applied Linguistics.

Neil Johnson is Senior Lecturer for Masters in Education and TESOL at the University of Sunderland. He also serves as Program Leader for the MA TESOL program. Neil teaches and leads modules in Assessment and Pedagogy, Theories of Second Language Learning . Previously, he has taught English, with a particular focus on Academic Writing, in Japan and the United States. He graduated from the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching doctoral program at the University of Arizona in 2008.  His main research interests are in teaching academic writing, discourse analysis, multiliteracies, and online and distance learning. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Landscapes and Narratives of PhD by Publication

  • Book Subtitle: Demystifying students’ and supervisors’ perspectives

  • Editors: Sin Wang Chong, Neil Johnson

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04894-4Published: 28 September 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04897-5Due: 12 October 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-04895-1Published: 27 September 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 222

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Higher Education, Thesis and Dissertation, Study and Learning Skills, Career Skills

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-04895-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)