It's fairly standard to submit thesis chapters to journals. However, in my field (theoretical computer science) conference publication is much more important. Is there any problem with taking a section of my thesis and submitting it later to a conference? Would the conference object that this was dual submission?

  • Conferences : computer science :: journals : every other STEM field
    – JeffE
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 22:08
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    Not that there is anything wrong with the answer here or JeffE's comment, but is there a reason you didn't start by asking your advisor or at least someone in your department?
    – Kimball
    Commented May 22, 2015 at 3:59
  • @ Kimball, I spoke to my advisor who did not know the answer, and suggested I ask around. I cannot ask my department because this is a matter of conference policy not departmental policy, but of the conference policy. Commented May 25, 2015 at 1:29

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In computer science in general, you can submit thesis extracts to conference just as freely as you would submit them to a journal. In both cases, the principle is the same: a thesis is not really a peer-reviewed publication, so your submission would still be the first peer-reviewed publication of the material. You must, however, cite your thesis and clearly acknowledge the source of the material as being adapted from your thesis.

  • +1. Could you clarify the meaning of "extracts" in this context or point to related existing question? Would it be interesting for the community, if I would submit a more general question on strategies (approaches) of converting dissertation into one or more research papers? Commented May 21, 2015 at 16:24
  • @AleksandrBlekh I think that such a question would be good, if you can figure out how to narrow it down enough to not be immediately closed as "too broad"
    – jakebeal
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 16:46
  • Well, that was the point of my comment. Such question, being general, would by definition be relatively broad. However, it would be answerable, as I'd request people to briefly outline strategies (approaches) along several suggested dimensions. Commented May 21, 2015 at 16:54

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