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Disseminating your research

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.  Click on side menu to find out more 

Traditional publishing

Traditional publishing

Publishing in scholarly journals and presenting papers at conferences are the most well established ways of disseminating research.   

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.

The following tools, apart from JSTOR,  are provided by publishers so they may not be the most neutral in their recommendation, however it could provide some leads. 

Chartered Association of Business Schools  - helps identify the best journals for management and related areas.

Elsevier Journal Finder  - helps you identify  journals  published by Elsevier that could be best suited for publishing your scientific article 

JSTOR Text Analyzer  -  use your article to find similar articles and books and thus identify potential  places to  publish.

Springer Journal Suggester -  enter your manuscript details to see a list of journals  most closely matching your research

Open access

Open access (OA) refers to the provision of free, immediate, online access to research publications, usually free of copyright and licensing restrictions. It can also mean allowing others to re-use your research. The benefits of open access include more exposure for your work and higher citation rates, enabling practitioners, policy makers, and researchers in developing countries to access your findings.

Diagram shows benefits of open access publishing: more exposure, practitioners able to apply your findings, higher citation rates, your research can influence policy, public access to your research, compliance with funder requirements, value for taxpayers' money, researchers in developing countries can see your work.

Click on the links below to find out more about open access, how to plan for it, and how it can help you build impact into your research:

Jisc | Introduction to Open Access

Directory of Open Access Journals

Open access and the REF

Final peer-reviewed manuscripts of journals and conference papers must be made open access by depositing them in an institutional or subject repository within three months of acceptance for publication. 

Institutional repository, Pure

To share research outputs in Pure, please alert the Research Support Librarian to your accepted or in-progress publications using the form below.

There are two routes to open access, gold and green:

Gold open access involves publication in journals or books which are themselves either completely open access, or partially open access ("hybrid" publications). In this case, the author typically pays a fee, or "article processing charge" (APC) and the resulting publication is free to access for anyone, with a licence that permits re-use.

For green open access, a shareable version of the text is deposited in an institutional or subject-based repository (such as Pure). The version used for green open access is the author accepted manuscript (AAM), or post print. This is the text submitted for publication after any changes made as a result of the peer-review process, but not the publisher's PDF. There is no cost to the author, but the publisher's policies may require an embargo to be placed on the document.

Policies on uploading author accepted manuscripts (AAMs) differ from publisher to publisher. Some allow AAMs to be uploaded to an institutional repository immediately, others require an embargo period of anywhere from six months to two years before the manuscript can be made freely available. The Sherpa/Romeo site provides an easy way to identify the policy for specific publishers and journals.

You can also check the Directory of Open Access Journals to see if a journal is open access.

cOAlition S - making full and immediate Open Access a reality.   


cOAlition S signals the commitment to implement, by 1 January 2020, the necessary measures to fulfil its main target

"By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”

The main target is supported by 10 principles. 


Institutional repository, Pure

Creative Commons

When publishing or sharing your work, especially if through a non-traditional route such as a webpage, social media or via platforms like YouTube, Flickr or Vimeo, you should  consider using a Creative Commons licence. Creative Commons offers a simple DIY method for licensing the reuse of a copyright-protected work of any sort. The Creative Commons website offers a choice of predefined licences using concise symbols that can be combined in different ways.

 The Creative Commons (CC) licences work worldwide within the limits of copyright law.  There are six different licences which can be used to protect your work, these are regularly updated and conform to international copyright laws.

Creative Commons licenses explained

CC BY LicenceAttribution (CC BY)

This licence allows you let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give you credit and cite the licence. When used on its own, this is the simplest and least restrictive CC Licence.

CC BY SA Licence Attribution Share Alike (CC BY-SA)

This license allows others to distribute, alter and build upon a created work, even commercially, as long as the original source is credited and all derivative works are licensed with the same terms of use as the original. 

CC BY ND Licence Attribution No Derivatives (CC BY-ND)

This license allows for the distribution of a work, commercially or non-commercially, as long as the created item is used unchanged and in its original and intended format with credit given to the creator.

CC BY NC Licence Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC)

This license allows others to distribute, alter and build upon a created work for purely non-commercial use as long as the original source is acknowledged. Derivative works do not have to be licensed in the same manner as source material.

CC BY NC ND Licence Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)

This license is the most restrictive of all the Creative Commons options and only allows for the downloading or use of works in a shared manner. The user must credit the original source and can’t change or distribute them commercially information in any way.

CC BY NC SA Licence Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)

This license allows others to distribute, alter and build upon a created work, but not commercially, as long as the original source is credited. Unlike the CC BY-SA license, derivative works do not have to be licensed with the same terms of use as the original.

CC0 Licence CC0 - No Rights Reserved

This is an alternative to the Creative Commons licences, which is often appropriate for research data sets.

CC0 goes one step further than the Creative Commons licences in making your work available for others to reuse. CC0 enables you to waive any claim you might have to copyright protection in the work. It follows that others will be free to reuse your work in any way they choose without seeking permission, without acknowledging you as the author and with no other formalities. If the CC licences are equivalent to “some rights reserved,” CC0 is equivalent to “no rights reserved.”

By applying CC0, you are placing your work in the public domain to  the fullest  possible extent. CC0 can be especially appropriate for research data sets as it maximises the opportunities for  other researchers to test and reuse your data.

When not to apply a CC licence

If your work has commercial potential then a Creative commons licence may not be ideal as, essentially, you are making it available to everyone free of charge. Once granted, a CC licence cannot be withdrawn from someone who is already reusing your work under the licence. It follows that you need to think carefully before attaching a CC licence to your work.

Further details on Creative Commons can be found at


How can I check if the journal I want to publish in is reputable?

Think. Check. Submitis an easy-to-use checklist that researchers can refer to when considering whether a journal can be trusted. Only If you can answer "yes" to all or most of the questions should you consider submitting your work.  

The Think, Check, Submit website also has other relevant information



You could also consult this list - but it was last updated in 2016 Beall's List of Potential Predatory Journals

Social Media

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.  The best advice with social media is to go where the people you want to network with go!

There are specialist social media sites for researchers:, 

You could have a look at Newcastle University's excellent LibGuide on social media and research.

Academic Engagement with Parliament

 These sites are useful for researchers and academics wishing to engage with Parliament

Staying up-to-date - this website lists the various ways that you can stay up-to-date with the opportunities to engage with Parliament as an academic or researcher 

Knowledge Exchange Unit webhub.  access resources about engaging with Parliament as a researcher   contact the Knowledge Exchange Unit for any queries about researcher engagement with Parliament.  Researchers can email an short introduction to your work to this email address and the KEU will pass it on to the relevant subject specialist in the House of Commons Library.  

@UKParl_Research  keep up to date with opportunities to engage with UK Parliament via Twitter

Academic training sessions watch further recordings of other training sessions from Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit, including sessions tailored for PhD students, early career researchers, academics and knowledge mobilisers, plus a session writing for a parliamentary audience. Each session is approximately 30 minutes long and accompanied by a transcript, slides from the training and other useful links.

'how to' guides from the UK Parliament -how to get involved with parliament and make your research have impact

What shall I do next" webpage to help researchers think through the steps in engaging with the UK Parliament.

Academic fellowships from the UK Parliament.   Includes PhD fellowships and those for academics later in their career

Parliament and REF 2021, and our page on Parliament and KEF and the KE Concordat.

POST website, including upcoming briefing topics, newsletter sign up and contact details for specialists.

  • You can follow POST on Twitter at: @POST_UK
  • You can also introduce your institution or research centre to the relevant section of POST by emailing