I am writing an article from my master's thesis. It is a polished and much shorter version of it, with equal contents. My master's thesis is unpublished by my university, but available from my GitHub.
I am unsure whether to include some proofs in detail in my article, because too technical and not particularly enlightening. I have received interesting suggestions here. It occurred to me that a different option might be to cite my master thesis for such passages, where they are spelled out in great detail.
I see many advantages:
- the thesis is already "peer-reviewed" by my thesis supervisor, a respectable researcher in my area
- it is available online
- I would make the article more readable, without filling it with too many technicalities, which are however available for the interested reader in the master's thesis
- I could include other details and content that would otherwise need to be left out, providing a better service to the community
- the reviewers of my article may not consider the thesis as a sufficiently valid source
- the article would become less self contained (but it is common practice not to repeat things already done elsewhere)
- I would be referring to proofs and material which although clear, it is not written and polished with a peer-reviewed publication in mind
- the master's thesis uses a different notation
Is it okay and advisable to cite my master's thesis? Are my concerns valid and are there more?