Document Type

Journal Article




Faculty of Business and Law


School of Business


This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published as: Jackson, D. (2013). Completing a PhD by publication: a review of Australian policy and implications for practice. Higher Education Research and Development, 32(3), 355-368. Published online on 22nd April, 2013 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online here


There is increasing impetus for higher degree by research students to publish during candidature. Research performance, including higher degree completions and publication output, commonly determines university funding and doctorates with publishing experience are better positioned for a career in softening academic labour markets. The PhD by Publication provides a pathway for candidates to foster and demonstrate their publishing capabilities. It also provides existing academics a means of achieving doctoral status while managing the ‘publish or perish’ milieu endemic to their work. This paper clarifies the precise nature and significance of the PhD by Publication pathway in the Australian context and discusses the associated benefits and problems, enriched by personal experience. It summarises factors pertinent to assessing the pathway’s suitability. The review of current policy suggests institutional guidelines in universities nationwide are inadequate for producing theses of comparable quality to conventional dissertations and capitalising on the pathway’s significant benefits.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Higher Education Research and Development on 22 April 2013, available online: