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Engineering Library: Sharing your research

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Sharing your Research

Sharing your research is becoming an increasingly important area of academic practice and scholarly communications. How you share, where you share, and how you are seen online are all important factors to consider. An increasing number of funders are now requiring that your research outputs and any underlying datasets are made openly available.

This page will introduce you to some key concepts and principles of sharing your research including Open Access and Open Research. 

Sharing your Research: Online Training

The Engineering Library team offer support and training on Sharing your Research. Whether you're publishing your first paper, writing a Technical Report, or presenting at a conference, we can help you with the process of sharing your research. We can advise you on ways to communicate your research, generate numbers for your Technical Reports and support you in making them available, as well as help you ensure your publications are Open Access and compliant with funder policies, and support you in preparing for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

If you have any questions, please  contact us. You can also book a one-to-one session for personalised support, by using our Booking Form.

You can watch a short video introducing the key principles of Sharing your Research by clicking on the link below (opens in YouTube). 

sharing your research video

Activities: Research Communication

 

  • Do you have an "elevator pitch" for your research? Write down a short summary of your research in one sentence. Is your research solving a problem, creating an opportunity or doing something new?
  • Identify possible areas outside of academia (e.g. technology, public policy, manufacturing,environment etc.) where your research could have an impact. 
  • Search for yourself on Google or another internet search engine. Try to disambiguate yourself from other people with the same name: perhaps add "Cambridge" after your name or make use of an ORCID if you have one. What information comes up? How could you manage your online presence to direct people to the information you want?
  • ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers. It helps to distinguish you from other researchers with the same or similar names. If you do not currently have an ORCID, sign up for one at https://orcid.org/

Image: Open Access logo

Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access is simply making published research results freely available to anyone with an internet connection rather than keeping those results hidden behind a subscription paywall.

Why do it?

Making research articles Open Access is a requirement for most funders and for the Research Excellence Framework, or REF 2021. It also ensures that they are more discoverable, more accessible, and therefore more likely to be cited. 

The Open Access policy landscape in the UK is complex. The University of Cambridge Open Access Service can assist researchers with policy compliance and funder requirements. 

What do I need to do?

The easiest way to make your articles Open Access is to upload your accepted manuscripts from your Symplectic Elements home page as soon as they're accepted for publication. The University’s Open Access team will then add it to the University Repository for you and advise on any other requirements that might apply.

Where can I find out more?

The Library Team can provide training and one-to-one advice on Open Access, Symplectic Elements and making sure your work is REF-ready. You can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the University of Cambridge Open Access website.

How do I choose where to publish?

Ultimately, the decision of where to publish your work as a researcher in the Engineering Department is up to you. However, there are some things you might want to think about:

Bibliometrics

You may have heard of the h-index and citation rate. These are just two of many metrics used to calculate the impact of articles, authors and publications. The academic system tends to be weighted in favour of authors who are published in high-impact journals and who have high citation rates. However, reaching the right audience for your work may involve publishing in smaller journals with a more specific focus, or making your work freely available to the public, both of which allow your work to have different types of impact. These sorts of impact are increasingly considered in evaluation exercises such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Is the journal legitimate?

Fraud in academic publishing has unfortunately become a common occurrence and academics have found themselves paying charges to be published in predatory journals. Before you publish, have a look at the checklist on Think. Check. Submit.

Openness

If making research available for others is important to you, or if your funder requires your work to be Open Access, you might think about submitting your work to Open Access journals. To check the Open Access policies of journals, visit SHERPA/RoMEO or browse the Directory of Open Access Journals.

The Research Skills LibGuide has more information on publishing in journals and publishing academic books.

Open Research Resources

The University Office of Scholarly Communication pages on Open ResearchSharing Your Research, and Open Access offer useful detail and guidance on various key elements of Open Research where you can find out more information and background about this global movement.

Upload your accepted articles, conference papers and other research outputs to the University Repository via your Symplectic Elements account (Raven log-in required) to make them openly available and meet Open Access requirements.

You can upload data sets to the University Repository - see the University of Cambridge Data website for details - or you can find a suitable data repository by searching the  Registry of Research Data Repositories.

Metrics and Impact

For useful quick resources visit the Physical Sciences Research Support Libguide.

Further information is also available at the Wolfson College Library Libguide.

For Information of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) visit the DORA website.

The Research Skills LibGuide covers research metrics along with building your online profile and other skills.

Register Your Completion

To register your completion of this online training, please go to the booking page below and click "book a place" (Raven login required):