How to find Creative Writing doctorates
If you are a doctoral student or supervisor, you may be interested in our new one-page handout (PDF below) on how to log your thesis on the university repository. The handout, backed by NAWE and the British Library, gives advice on the use of key words, abstracts, and embargoes. These are all decisions that can impact the student’s Intellectual Property (IP) rights and future publishing success.
The handout is the result of discussions involving all three groups, who met at the British Library back in May 2016, as part of the AHRC-funded project “The Academic Book of the Future”. The idea for the meeting, organised by NAWE HE committee member Susan Greenberg, started with a simple question: how can we make it easier to find creative writing theses on the national EThOS database? But it ended up turning into a great discussion about where things stand in creative writing research, and the ways in which it may be affected by Open Access. Other ideas will feed into NAWE’s research benchmark, which is being updated. The hope is that our conversation will benefit the whole university community, including not just creative writing academics but also university librarians and graduate school leaders.