n South African Journal of Higher Education - Master's and doctoral theses in the faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Free State : publication success and problems




The aim of this study was to determine the publication success and problems of postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Free State (UFS). The sample consisted of students who obtained a postgraduate qualification based on a Master's or doctoral thesis in the faculty from March 2001 to April 2004. Information was mainly collected through personal interviews with the students or study leaders. In most cases publications plans were discussed during the study, and for very few studies no publication was planned. However, less than a quarter of the studies had led to a publication by the time of graduation and less than half by the time of the followup interview. Various suggestions were made to improve the publication success.


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