This new Debate section of the HEPI website was established partly to bolster HEPI’s evidence base by giving people an opportunity to submit their ideas and partly to provide a new forum to debate topical higher education issues.
One question we would love your thoughts on is why are PhDs so rarely publishable in the original form in which they are submitted?
- Why is it that academic institutions need the text in one form in order to award a PhD and publishers so often need it to be rewritten?
- Shouldn’t it be a positive attribute of a PhD student if they can write in such an accessible way that the publishers are content for there to be limited changes only?
- Given that many readers of published PhDs will be other people working in academia, why does the text have to look so different to its original form?
There are many PhDs that do not get published because the authors want to move on to something new and don’t have the time or inclination to make the changes publishers demand. There are others that do get published but only after months of additional work.
All this might be solved if you could get a PhD for something that is already in a publishable form but that seems to be quite rare.