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Postgraduate Study in Australia

Surviving and Succeeding

Edited By Christopher McMaster, Caterina Murphy, Benjamin Whitburn and Inger Mewburn

Each contributor to this book was given the remit: "If you could go back in time to talk with yourself when you began your studies, what advice would you give?" Hindsight is such a bonus, especially, when vying for your doctorate or postgraduate degree. Postgraduate Study in Australia: Surviving and Succeeding addresses this with advice from postgraduate students and recent graduates that will assure that you are not alone in your endeavors.

This project follows similar editions that focus on Aotearoa/New Zealand, South Africa,
the United States, and the United Kingdom, and is currently being replicated in Scandinavia. This down-to-earth anthology shares personal stories from postgraduate students and recent graduates, employing a practical approach and focusing on the context of postgraduate studies in Australia. This first-person approach to research about postgraduate study helps curate the current understanding, with critical reflections adding to our collective knowledge. Both prospective and current postgraduate students will find this collection insightful.

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Chapter Two: An Academic Apprenticeship: Publishing during Doctoral Candidature (Courtenay Atwell / Jenny Buchan)


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An Academic Apprenticeship

Publishing during Doctoral Candidature



The publication process enhances the postgraduate experience and has a transformative impact on candidature. Jenny is a full time academic who embarked on an academic career after nearly 20 years practicing law. When she started her PhD she didn’t even know you could publish as you went—she thought everything that was in the dissertation had to be previously unpublished. That is wrong! Courtenay, Jenny’s PhD candidate, is also choosing academia as a second career. She told Jenny that she wants her job one day, and this knowledge has helped Jenny guide her purposefully. Here we will pass on practical advice for students wishing to pursue publication during their candidature, and enlighten those who are unaware of the benefits of the process, not only during your candidature but on your post-candidature career prospects.

Before we go any further, we should make it clear what we mean by ‘publication’. Australian universities report the research output of the university under the Federal Government’s Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) system. HERDC Publications fall into categories; monographs are Category A1, refereed book chapters are B1, journal articles are C1 and conference publications are E1. There are also categories for reporting doctoral dissertations, musical recordings, patents, and other academic outputs. Hopefully your completed dissertation might be the basis for a monograph so...

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