Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 217–227 | Cite as

Publishing a Master’s Thesis: A Guide for Novice Authors

  • Robert G. Resta
  • Patricia McCarthy Veach
  • Sarah Charles
  • Kristen Vogel
  • Terri Blase
  • Christina G. S. PalmerEmail author
Professional Issues


Publication of original research, clinical experiences, and critical reviews of literature are vital to the growth of the genetic counseling field, delivery of genetic counseling services, and professional development of genetic counselors. Busy clinical schedules, lack of time and funding, and training that emphasizes clinical skills over research skills may make it difficult for new genetic counselors to turn their thesis projects into publications. This paper summarizes and elaborates upon a presentation aimed at de-mystifying the publishing process given at the 2008 National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference. Specific topics include familiarizing prospective authors, particularly genetic counseling students, with the basics of the publication process and related ethical considerations. Former students’ experiences with publishing master’s theses also are described in hopes of encouraging new genetic counselors to submit for publication papers based on their thesis projects.


Professionalization Publishing Journal writing Genetic counseling Publication ethics Master’s thesis Graduate training 



This paper was developed from an Educational Breakout Session (EBS) sponsored by the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship Advisory Group at the 2008 NSGC Annual Education Conference.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert G. Resta
    • 1
  • Patricia McCarthy Veach
    • 2
  • Sarah Charles
    • 3
  • Kristen Vogel
    • 4
  • Terri Blase
    • 5
  • Christina G. S. Palmer
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    Email author
  1. 1.Swedish Cancer InstituteSwedish Medical CenterSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Jefferson Kimmel Cancer CenterThomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Center for Medical GeneticsNorthShore University HealthSystemEvanstonUSA
  5. 5.Department of Maternal Fetal MedicineAdvocate Christ Medical CenterOak LawnUSA
  6. 6.Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral SciencesUCLALos AngelesUSA
  7. 7.Department of Human GeneticsUCLALos AngelesUSA
  8. 8.UCLA Semel InstituteLos AngelesUSA

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