Combined Conventional Publication Format
Another alternative to the conventional written thesis is a thesis that comprises a combination of conventional written narrative presented as typescript and publications that have been published and/or submitted for publication and/or comprise unpublished and unsubmitted work written in a manuscript style.
Both the conventional written narrative and the publications must be closely related in terms of subject matter and form a cohesive research narrative. The publications must not have been accepted for any other University award or have been generated outside of candidature.
The main body of the work should contain, in addition to the relevant publications, a contextual statement which normally includes the aims underpinning the publications; a literature review or commentary which establishes the field of knowledge and provides a link between publications/manuscripts; and a conclusion showing the overall significance of the work and contribution to knowledge, problems encountered and future directions of the work. The discussion should not include a detailed reworking of the discussions from individual papers within the thesis.
As for publication format theses, all papers included in the thesis must be prefaced by a statement of authorship which quantifies and details your contribution (in terms of the conceptualisation of the work, its realisation and its documentation). All authors are required to sign the statement and co-authors must give written permission for the paper to be included in the thesis. Original signatures are preferred but scanned signatures are acceptable. The statement of authorship template is available on the Adelaide Graduate Centre web site.