The library can help you investigate different ways of disseminating your research whether you choose to take a traditional route or publish via open access or social media.
- Traditional publishing
Publishing in scholarly journals and presenting papers at conferences are the most well established ways of disseminating research.
The Library subscribes to the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), part of the Web of Science which can help you find the best journals to publish, SCImago Journal and Country Rank allows you to look at journal rankings by subject area and by country. Your information librarian can advise on subject specific journal guides and rankings.
- Open access publishing
Open access is a publishing model whereby research papers are available free of subscription charges. If you want to know more SHERPA has an excellent guide for authors - What is open access?
Open access publishing is of growing importance to research funders too, since the publication of the Finch Report. It is now compulsory for the results of all research funded through the Research Councils UK (RCUK) to be published open access. The EU is said to be looking at requiring open access publication for its next round of research funding. REF2021 has a requirement for research outputs to be open access.
Please see our factsheets for more information:
- How do I go about publishing my research on open access?
There are two main routes to open access publishing: gold and green.
Gold open access - Papers published in open access journals. There may be an ‘article processing charge’ (apc) to be paid by the author or research funder. The Research and Innovation Office will be able to advise further on this.
Green open access - Papers which may be pre-print or published in traditional, subscription-based journals and also deposited by the author in an institutional repository such as SEA (Solent Electronic Archive). Publisher copyright conditions may state certain restrictions, such as requiring an embargo period. The SHERPA RoMEO site was designed to help you find out what particular journal publishers allow.
We encourage all researchers to consider depositing their work in SEA particularly if you wish it be considered for the next REF. We are happy to help you check what is and is not allowed by particular journals. Please contact your information librarian or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- How can I check if the journal I want to publish in is reputable?
Think. Check. Submit. is an easy-to-use checklist that researchers can refer to when considering whether a journal can be trusted before you submit your research for publication. Only If you can answer "yes" to all or most of the questions should you consider submitting your work.
- Social media
General social media sites can be used to create an online profile for yourself and your research and to help in networking. For example, it’s possible to create a LinkedIn group for your subject of interest or to keep in touch with events and conferences by searching for their hashtags on Twitter.
There are specialist social media sites for researchers such as Mendeley.com, ResearchGate.net and Zotero.org, but none of them has, as yet, emerged as the leading place to be. The best advice with social media is to go where the people you want to network with go! You could have a look at Newcastle University's excellent LibGuide on social media and research.