I finished my M.Sc. dissertation a while back but I wrote it in Portuguese. I am applying for postdocs now and in some they ask for my research documents. Should I translate my Dissertation or is it wrong? And if yes, what notes and where should I write to identify it as a translation?

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    You're applying for postdocs and they want your masters dissertation? Wouldn't they be much more interested in your recent (PhD) work?
    – ff524
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 4:57
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    If it is so good that people want to read it, why not compress it to a review paper and publish? Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 6:06
  • How long is it?
    – Davidmh
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 6:24
  • They just want all my research work. I don't know if it is as good as to do a review paper but I got the equivalent of a 90% on it.
    – N Luis
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 10:06
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    Perhaps they are only interested in whether you really have written a dissertation in your M.Sc.. There are some master programs around without any requirement for a thesis.
    – user9386
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 10:36

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No, you don't need to translate the entire dissertation just for an application. That would be an unreasonable amount of work.

However, you should at least translate the abstract.

Better yet, write an extended abstract in English. This would be a 1-2 page summary of the contents of your thesis (brief background, methods, results, future work, etc).

Submit this together with the original Portuguese text of your thesis.

Commenters have suggested writing and submitting a paper (in English) based on your thesis. That might be a good idea in the long run, but it might not be practical to do before your applications are due. And you shouldn't rush the process if it would hurt the paper's quality. So I wouldn't focus on that as a solution to this particular situation.


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