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Engineering Library: Sharing your research

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers

Sharing your Research

Sharing your research across different platforms has a number of benefits for researchers, including:

Opening up new connections and collaboration. People can find your work and they might want to work with you.

Reaching new audiences – outside of academia as well as within it.

Building a reputation outside your institution. People become familiar with your work and this attracts their attention.

Promoting your skills and knowledge. Let people know what you can do, for potential collaborators and employers

Disseminating your research and ideas so you can share your research effectively.

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. 

You can watch a short video introducing the key principles of Sharing your Research below. 

sharing your research video

Setting up an ORCiD

An ORCiD is an Open Researcher and Contributor ID, and can be important tool in building your online academic presence and promoting yourself and your work to the wider world. 

The video below from the Office of Scholarly Communication introduces you to ORCiD and how to set one up.

An ORCiD can help you to differentiate your name from other researchers in the same or different fields. This stops the problem of people misattributing your work and makes it easier for you to keep track of the impact of your outputs. It also offers a great way to produce a professional record of your academic achievements to share with the world. ORCiDs are so popular that many research funders and publishers now require that you have one before the start of a project. 

Getting an ORCiD

Signing up for an ORCiD is easy:

  1. Visit the ORCiD website.

  2. Fill in your details.

  3. You're all set! 

Symplectic Elements

Symplectic Elements, often called either Symplectic or simply Elements, is an important tool for recording and sharing your research outputs for many reasons and is the system on which much of the University's research reporting is built.

What is Symplectic Elements?

Symplectic is a vital part of many of the research processes at the University. The short video below from the Office of Scholarly Communication outlines some of its key functions.

Research resources

Cambridge Training: 

The University has a strong Researcher Development Programme full of online training, podcasts, 1:1 support, and lots more.

Cambridge University Libraries have created a useful Research Skills Guide to multiple aspects of research.

Learn about research tools with the 23 Research Things online training programme.

Research Support: 

The University Research Strategy Office site has information on research policies.

Information about various tools and sources of support is available from the Research Information Office.

The University's Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC) covers Open Access, Research Data Management and Thesis Management. 

Open Research / Open Access:  

Information about Open Research is available via the OSC.

For queries about Open Access, see the Open Access website.

Research Systems: 

Access your Symplectic Elements account (Raven login required)

Check your details on ResearchFish


See guidance on funding and grant applications from the Research Operations Office (ROO).

Metrics and Altmetrics

You will come across examples of metrics throughout your research and so it is important to understand what they are and how they are used by researchers to demonstrate the impact of their research. 

The Metrics Toolkit is intended to help you choose the right metrics for demonstrating your research impact or evaluating impact of specific outputs.

See the Moore Minutes video on Responsible Metrics from the Betty and Gordon Moore Library to learn about using metrics responsibly.

Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They can include (but are not limited to) peer reviews on Faculty of 1000, citations on Wikipedia and in public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter. Find out more on the Altmetric site.

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