Sheffield Thesis Publishing Prize 2022

Interested in publishing your PhD thesis open access with White Rose University Press?

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Key points:

  • Researchers who have graduated from a University of Sheffield PhD since 2019 are invited to apply for the Sheffield Thesis Publishing Prize.
  • Applicants should submit a sample chapter from the proposed monograph, along with a proposal detailing how their thesis could be turned into an open access monograph.
  • Winners will be chosen by a University of Sheffield panel. They will be considered for publication by White Rose University Press and supported through the normal peer review and commissioning process, in addition to receiving a £250 prize.
  • The thesis supervisor or a member of the supervisory team must support the application, and it is recommended that the applicant identifies an academic mentor who has agreed to support them in preparing the thesis for publication.

The inaugural Sheffield Thesis Publishing Prize aims to celebrate doctoral research at The University of Sheffield, by supporting recent PhD graduates in exploring opportunities to develop their thesis into an open access monograph published by White Rose University Press.

We are inviting PhD-holders who have graduated from the University of Sheffield since 2019 to submit proposals detailing how their thesis could be turned into an open access monograph. Prize-winners will be shortlisted by a University of Sheffield panel, and prize-winning proposals will be considered for publication by White Rose University Press. If a book is shortlisted, authors will be taken through the peer review process and - should the book be commissioned - all open access fees (around £10,000 for a Book Processing Charge) will be paid for by The University of Sheffield Library.

Prize-winners will also receive a £250 prize and have their work celebrated at a joint University of Sheffield/White Rose University Press event.

Why open access?

Open access for monographs may be less familiar than open access for journal articles, but it is a growing area of publishing, with the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) currently indexing over 50,000 books. Publishing an open access monograph means that it can be shared, read, downloaded and reused by anyone with an internet connection, increasing the book’s readership and impact. White Rose University Press (WRUP) is a non-profit, open access digital publisher, run jointly by the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It has published a range of open access books from disciplines such as archaeology, literature and linguistics and is committed to academic quality and innovation in digital publishing.

Eligibility criteria

  • The prize is open to University of Sheffield PhD graduates from 2019 onwards.
  • The thesis must have the potential to be turned into a monograph, and the application must include a clear plan of the support required to achieve this.
  • The proposed monograph must be written in English, although the thesis could have been written in a different language
  • You must not have already published the thesis as a monograph, nor have an agreement to publish it.
  • You may have published elements of the thesis as journal articles. In this case, your proposal must detail how the monograph would sit alongside any existing publications from the thesis.
  • We require a commitment to share any data and underlying materials as openly as possible, recognising that some monographs/theses will be based on confidential or sensitive information.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following to oaenquiries@sheffield.ac.uk.

  1. A completed copy of the application form
  2. A sample chapter from the proposed monograph, based on a chapter from your thesis

The deadline for applications is 30th September 2022.

Your thesis supervisor or a member of your supervisory team must support the application, and an academic mentor may also be needed in assisting the development of the monograph. We recommend that any academic mentor you involve is not your thesis supervisor, but is someone from your field of study who has agreed to support you through the drafting, peer review and revision stages of the publishing process. You can find an information sheet for academic mentors here - please ensure you share this with your prospective mentor if you have identified one.

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