Most theses can be adequately organized into chapters as described in previous sections
of this Guide; therefore, the Graduate School does not recommend the combination of
journal articles. However, occasionally it may be desirable to group journal articles
with individual titles.
A combination of journal articles must have an introduction to the entire thesis as
the first chapter that indicates the relationship of the articles. Multi-article theses
with unrelated articles are never acceptable. In cases where a student is required
to research more than one topic, separate theses should be submitted if the topics
are unrelated. The last chapter must be a discussion/summary/conclusion encompassing
the entire thesis.
Page numbers must run consecutively throughout the theses, the same as for regular
theses. Figures, tables, and other illustrations may be numbered either consecutively
throughout the thesis or within each chapter, i.e., 1.1, 1.2, 1.3; 2.1, 2.2, 2.3,
The same font style, size and spacing must be used throughout the entire thesis, even
if this was not done for the separate journal articles. If necessary, reformat articles
to be consistent with each other and with the requirements of this Guide. It is the
student’s responsibility to submit the thesis or dissertation in the correct format.
A single table of contents must be used and placed as in a regular thesis. References
cited may be included at the end of each chapter or as a single listing following
the final chapter of the thesis.