The Manuscript Option Dissertation: Multiple Perspectives
KENTUCKY UNIV LEXINGTON COLL OF NURSING
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In the dissertation process, the doctoral candidate designs, conducts, and presents scholarly research that is intended to generate new knowledge. The traditional dissertation generally consists of several chapters, including an introduction, review of literature, methods, results, and discussion, But far more dissertations remain unpublished than published. This practice does a disservice to all who participated directly or indirectly in the research including the graduate, dissertation committee and advisor, individuals or organizations and the funding agency. An alternate format, the manuscript option dissertation, is becoming more popular at universities throughout the United States and consists of a series of manuscripts that are either published or ready for journal submission. The University of Kentucky College of Nursing adopted the manuscript option for the dissertation in 2002, leaving the decision regarding that option versus a traditional dissertation open to the student and advisor. This paper describes our experience with the manuscript option dissertation from the perspectives of the program director, the advisor, the doctoral candidate, and the journal editor.
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