How to turn your thesis into an article

About this video

The process of writing a manuscript is considerably different from the work undertaken for academic degree requirements. The focus of this module is to provide potential authors, particularly those who have recently completed their graduate studies, with suggestions for converting their academic project/completed thesis into a manuscript.

In this module, Dr Cecily Betz, PhD, RN, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Nursing and Dr Adolfo Cuevas, PhD Assistant Professor of Community Health at Tufts University will share tips on how you can ensure that your thesis becomes publishable.

Watch this module to gain a clear understanding of how to successfully re-write and edit your thesis to transform it into a publishable paper, how to identify the right journal for your work, and how to interpret submission guidelines. Be sure to download the handouts and presentation slides under "downloads" on this page.

About the presenters

Adolfo Cuevas

Assistant Professor of Community Health and Director of the Psychosocial Determinants of Health (PSDH) Lab, Tufts University

Adolfo G. Cuevas, Ph.D., employs a social and community psychological perspective to investigate the intersection of race/ethnicity, psychosocial stressors, and health-related outcomes in multiple social contexts (e.g., community, health system). Using a variety of methodological approaches (e.g., quantitative and qualitative methods), his work attempts to illuminate the psychological and social influences of health among racial/ethnic minorities.

Dr. Cuevas is primarily interested in the effects of acute and chronic life stressors on physical and psychological health. He has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Cancer Disparities Research Network to investigate the biobehavioral pathways linking psychosocial stress and overweight/obesity among Hispanic/Latinos and Black Americans. The culmination of this work will lead to the development of effective community-based interventions to strengthen health-related resources that are available within neighborhood environments.

Dr. Cuevas received his Ph.D. in Applied Social and Community Psychology from Portland State University. He attained additional training as a cancer prevention postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2015-2017).

Dr. Cuevas is Director of the Psychosocial Determinants of Health (PSDH) Lab at Tufts University.

Cecily L. Betz

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Director of Nursing Training, USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Pediatric Nursing

Cecily L. Betz, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Betz is the Nursing Director and Research Director of the USC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Betz' area of specialization is health care transition (HCT) planning and she is a recognized national and international expert in the field. She has written numerous empirical, clinical, and conceptual articles on the topic. She serves as the Co-Chair of the International and Interdisciplinary Health Care Transition Research Consortium that fosters inter-professional collaboration and development of this emerging field of practice and research.  She has served as the PI and Co-PI on numerous extramural grants funded by NIH, MCHB, ADD, and CDC. She consults widely at the international and national levels on health care transition planning, and is also the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Pediatric Nursing.