I am writing my PhD thesis right now. I do not have any published paper by now, but a manuscript which will be published probably after or at the same time of my defense. Can I just Copy/ Paste some parts (discussion for example) from my manuscript in thesis? Would be any problem afterwards for publishing this manuscript? In other words, I am afraid if the reviewers of paper say that “you cannot Copy and Paste the discussion of your thesis, without rephrasing it”.


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It is not uncommon to hear about thesis that are based on published papers or drafts of future papers. What I have seen for those thesis is that the author puts a footnote at the beginning of each chapter. The note indicates the journal/conference where the information pertaining to that chapter has been published/presented. You could use this as a guide when writing your thesis.

The most important thing is to make sure that you cite properly everything and that you demonstrate intellectual ownership of the information presented in your thesis.

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    However, my Problem is vice versa! I just want to be sure that my paper in the future would not be rejected because it is a copy of a Thesis, without rephrasing!
    – Science
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 14:09
  • This doesn't answer the original poster's question at all, it answers the opposite question :/
    – Ethan
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 15:57

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