This dissertation format consists of submitting three related publications/manuscripts, plus integrative Introduction and Discussion chapters, to meet the dissertation requirement.  A key advantage of the 3-paper dissertation is that it requires writing concise publication-length and publication-quality papers, as opposed to lengthy discourses that are not valued in academia. This option is available, along with the traditional dissertation.

  • A “3-paper” dissertation consists of 3 related publication-quality manuscripts consisting of empirical studies.  The second year project could be considered for inclusion as one of the three studies, if approved by student’s guidance committee or dissertation committee.
  • No more than one of the 3 papers can be under review or accepted for publication prior to the proposal defense.
  • Papers (excluding the one paper that can be accepted for publication/published prior to the proposal defense) can be submitted for journal review before the final dissertation defense only with the prior review and written approval of all dissertation committee members.
  • At least one paper must be accepted for publication/published and the other two papers under review prior to final approval by the JDP Co-Directors.
  • The work published in each of the three papers must be based on work begun, performed and completed while a student in the JDP.
  • Student must be first author (i.e., the major contributor) on all publications.
  • In the final dissertation document, there must be a comprehensive introduction, similar to that found in a traditional dissertation, that precedes the three papers. Following the three papers, there must be a discussion that ties all three papers together in a meaningful way.

Approved by Steering Committee Spring 2011; Revisions Approved by Steering Committee May 31, 2019

Updated 6/02/2020