Routes for sharing your research

Consider these routes when planning the dissemination of your research from project conception to output.

We encourage all researchers to share their work as openly as possible. Find advice on making your outputs Open Access.

Website

You can use a website to promote your project and disseminate any related output.

We can provide a quote for your grant application at pre-submission stage. Post-award, we can assist in setting up an accessible and mobile friendly website you can edit easily via a browser.

As a minimum, we would recommend including:

  • A summary of the project
  • Brief biographies of the project team, including contact details
  • Links to outputs from the projects
  • Any events that you are holding or attending

To discuss your website needs:

Social media

You can use social media to share a piece of your work, to support or promote another output, or even as a main output platform. It's a quick, straightforward way to reach large numbers of people and to personally contact people you haven’t previously worked with.

Using social media, learning to use a new platform and to establish a following can also be very time consuming. We have guides to different social media platforms and best practice.

Pre-prints and working papers

Depositing an early version of an article in a subject repository allows you to time stamp your idea without waiting for a publishers process. It also exposes your research arguments to your peers, can lead to further research and gain valuable critical input. The feedback from the community can be a form of pre-publication peer review, but from a potentially much larger group of peers than a journal article or book proposal would be.

Pre-publication outputs in recognised repositories can be cited in applications for jobs and grants, and in other research contexts. It is worth checking if your target journal has a policy against accepting papers which have been shared prior to submission.

Conferences or workshops

Conferences can be used to share work in progress and solicit feedback; conference outputs can be published in a variety of ways. The prestige of conference outputs varies according to the form, discipline and reputation of the event.

When picking a conference, ask yourself:

  • how will attendance contribute to your research?
  • does the format of the conference output suit your needs?
  • will the final output be freely available?
  • is it a trusted conference? Think, Check, Attend can help you decide.

Practice research

The richness in research at Kent means that we create a variety of outputs: video, performance pieces, sculptures, exhibitions, pictures, apps, board games, bridges and buildings – the list goes on.

We provide support for practice research outputs at Kent. For specialist support on copyright issues, digitisation and preservation, please email osc@kent.ac.uk.

Data

You can submit data to a repository, describing its contents. Then the repository takes responsibility for preserving the data, managing access to it and making the information about the data discoverable.

Publishing the data behind your research findings:

  • shows the work's integrity
  • verifies the work
  • can create opportunities for further research to be carried out on your findings.

Find more information on data management, preservation, archiving and publications.

Books

If you're planning to write a book, it's standard practice to submit a book proposal to your chosen publisher. Most major academic publishers have book proposal guidelines and editor contact details on their websites.

Sometimes publishers will approach an author to write a book or issue calls to contribute to a book series.

When looking for a publisher to approach, ask:

  • does the publisher offer a peer review process?
  • will the publisher be able to meet your timetable?
  • does the publishing house offer services such as design and layout, indexing, copy-editing and proof-reading?
  • do they offer post publication services such as good review coverage or funding for a book launch?
  • print or electronic? Electronic books may also give you the opportunity to link to or include multimedia outputs.
  • will it be Open Access?
  • how does the (anticipated) price of your monograph compare to similar books on the target market? Does this help you reach the intended audience?

If you're approached by a publisher:

  • look into the publisher's reputation.
  • consider this as part of your longer term plan – does it help or distract from your plans?
  • will it be Open Access?

Journal articles

Use LibrarySearch to find articles similar to the one you'd like to publish. They may suggest journals you haven’t previously considered, for example those in fully Open Access journals.

If you're aiming for a research output with a high academic audience, consider source normalised or field weighted citation reports for the journal.

When picking a journal, ask yourself:

  • Does your research fit the journal? Journals publish their aims and scope, editorial policy and usually recent articles, so you can see if this fits with the aims of your research.
  • Are you submitting your work to a trusted journal? Think, Check, Submit can help you decide. If you are unsure, please contact us.
  • What do the bibliometrics indicate? Journal level metrics allow you to get a feel for the journal's previous reach.
  • Does the journal's policy on Open Access meet your needs?

Reports and policy briefs

If you are planning a policy brief, research report or lay summary, the guide on How To plan, write and communicate an effective Policy Brief from Research to Action is an excellent starting point.

Media

Mass media is an easy way to get a key message to a very wide audience, raising general awareness of your findings. However, it is hard to communicate the nuances of research, and the same output can be very differently received depending on other ongoing events.

If your research is going to be of interest to the media, consider: 

  • commenting on relevant news stories to establish your reputation as an expert in the field.
  • contacting the Press Office at Kent to discuss publicity opportunities or media training.
  • publishing for platforms such as The Conversation.
  • working with KMTV.

Help

If you have any queries, email osc@kent.ac.uk

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