n South African Journal of Higher Education - Writing a thesis in article format : a way to promote a publishing culture? : perspectives on higher education




In this article an optional way of creating a culture of publishing in which theses could be submitted in the form of a publishable article or articles is proposed. Several advantages connected to the article option are presented, eg it is practice- and outcome-oriented, it offers publication advantages, it alleviates the time-consuming evaluation of voluminous theses, a large part of which only consists of a compilation of existing literature, and it could attract more students. In order to test the views of academics, students and non-academics in this regard, more than 1 000 questionnaires were dispatched. The response rate was 41%. The findings and implications for implementation are discussed.


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