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From Documentary to Sitcom: Turning Your Honors Thesis/Senior Project Into a Journal Article
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by Diane Clark - Shippensburg University
Category: Editorials & Invited Articles
Whew! You just finished your honors thesis/senior project and presented the largest paper you have ever written to your advisor. Every time you thought you had covered “all the bases,” your advisor had one more person’s research to include in your paper or one more table or graph that could explain a marginally significant statistical effect. Thirty pages and 16 tables and graphs later, you are on your way to celebrate. At your celebration, you run into your advisor who informs you that after reading through your paper, the department is convinced you should submit it to a journal for possible publication. They assure you that this piece of work is the best they have seen (and it is, of course!) and that chances are good it is publishable. Now your friends are impressed and you are excited. You select a journal that publishes undergraduate student research papers and send off your honors thesis/senior project.
What happens next? Your project...