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Publish or Perish?

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Welcome to this online resource looking at the publication process. Publishing and promoting work is scholarly communication in its most literal sense - the sharing of academic outputs with a wider audience. Traditionally, publication marked the end of a research project but in today's competitive environment it is increasingly important that researchers learn to actively promote both themselves and their work. This interactive resource will outline some of the key decisions that researchers must make when publishing, sharing and promoting their work to an audience both within and outside academia.

Time commitment

This unit should take between 45 - 60 minutes to complete.

This resource is aimed at academic library staff in the UK who are new to working in research support or need to refresh their knowledge of a particular topic. In many institutions research support may only be one part of a larger role and it can be hard to develop a knowledge of the basics. This resource is designed to fill in these potential gaps. Learners can work through the whole resource in sequence or just dip into individual units as they need to. All of the units begin with a clear outline of the topic together with a list of anticipated learning outcomes. Within each unit learners will find optional reflective activities which encourage them to think about how the topic in question relates to their own work environment. The scholarly communication landscape varies by country so although the basics will remain the same, learners from outside the UK should investigate their local policies and practices.

Learners can navigate through the unit in a number of ways. The ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ buttons below can be used to move through the unit in a linear way, the tabs on the left of the screen will allow learners to jump to a particular page and the homepage can be reached at any time by using the ‘Return home’ button.


   This unit will cover the following topics:

  • The publication lifecycle
  • Publishing research outputs
  • Making publication choices
  • Avoiding publication problems
  • Peer review
  • Sharing research
  • Promoting research


   At the end of this unit learners will:

  • Define the elements of the publication lifecycle
  • Describe the decisions researchers make prior to publication
  • Explain the peer review system
  • Outline the different methods of promoting research

Select the Next button below to move on to the next section of the unit.

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