I'm starting my bachelor's degree thesis and i will do some research work. If I achieve good results can my work be published? If so , who should get the credits? I'm afraid that my prof or his research lab can publish/include my work in some their future papers without my name.

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    So if my professor publish a new paper and my work gets a "section" of the paper, should I be mentioned?
    – Voxis
    Mar 15, 2016 at 14:47
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    @Voxis Yes, if your professor writes a paper based on your work, you should be co-author. If you write the paper, your professor should be co-author.
    – gerrit
    Mar 15, 2016 at 14:48
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    When you are the main contributor of a work you can claim authorship. Having submitted your thesis to an examination office puts you in a good position to provide proof on this. The easy way is to talk to your supervisor and mention your wish (and right) to be named as (main/co/whatever) author Mar 15, 2016 at 14:50
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    @AndréKleinschmidt I agree, but then one should also take the lead on writing the text, making publication-quality visualisations, etc..
    – gerrit
    Mar 15, 2016 at 15:00
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    Most academics I've met would be pleased if an undergrad project resulted in a publication, and would be quite supportive. It would be extra work for you of course, but it would reflect very well on you if you're planning a career in academia or even some industries.
    – Chris H
    Mar 15, 2016 at 17:01

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If your work is good enough, it deserves to be published. It doesn't matter if it is the result of a hobby, undergraduate studies, or your main job as a researcher.

Summarizing it to make it fit into the space allotted in a journal or conference proceedings will be a daunting task, ask your advisor for guidance and help.

  • What if I do not have an advisor? Is there any online facility to gain help?
    – Nick
    May 14, 2017 at 14:12

As vonbrand has said, it is the quality of work, rather than the degrees behind the person who wrote it, that should determine whether or not something can be published. There are very few journals who have standing bans on publishing undergraduate research, though be aware that preparing a paper for publication is a fairly daunting task.

My advice would be to talk to your advisor about whether or not your work is in the position to be published as a stand-alone paper, or if it's going to be incorporated into a larger paper.

In the first case, the next step is to talk to them about what still needs to be done, what journal to target, and the steps you need to take to get going on that path. In the second case, it's largely a matter of asking if you'll be included as an author on that paper, or end up in the acknowledgements section. Having a clear and direct conversation up from will help things in the long run.

For reference, my undergraduate thesis was published with me as the first author on it.


To add to the above answers, there are in fact, some journals which are dedicated exclusively to the publication of undergraduate research. It might be easier for your paper to get accepted in such journals. The Council of Undergraduate Research provides a list of popular undergraduate journals.

However, you can also submit your paper to any regular journal as very few journals have restrictions on publishing papers by undergraduates. Here is an article on publishing as an undergraduate that you might find interesting.


Yes, my first PhD student published a paper on his undergraduate work (I was also a co-author of the paper), so it is certainly possible (and indeed a good way of learning about research practices if you are interested in that as a career). As the other answers suggest, quality is the key.

  • Is it possible to show a undergraduate paper in my PhD which I published before joining PhD ?
    – learner
    Dec 10, 2020 at 6:38

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