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Publish or perish? : investigating the doctorate by publication in writing
conference contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Donna Brien
Although more common in the disciplines of science, health, mathematics and related fields of research, the PhD by Publication has recently joined the Professional Doctorate as increasingly available forms of research higher degrees in the arts and humanities in Australia. As the PhD by Publication appears to be particularly appropriate for those with the advanced skills necessary to undertake research in writing, this paper will map the scope and form of the degree to investigate its appropriateness in the Australian higher education context. By auditing the available data on this degree in Australia and internationally, this paper outlines a range of issues and implications for stakeholders in the PhD by Publication – including candidates, supervisors, examiners, institutions and the writing discipline itself. In doing so, this examination will investigate whether this degree can provide an individually, institutionally and disciplinary viable alternative for some higher degree candidates.