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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 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:

Post REF 2014: open access

Research funding bodies: open access

Solent Electronic Archive (SEA)


REF 2021 Decisions on staff and outputs

Section 37 and 38 deal with open access issues.  Annexe B is also useful.

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. Check SHERPA RoMEO to see what individual 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

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. 


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Think -Check- Submit

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.  



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.

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. A Creative Commons Licence allows you to set restrictions on the way others can adapt and reuse your work.

 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

Attribution (CC BY)Attribution (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.

Attribution Share Alike (CC BY-SA)

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. 

Attribution No Derivatives (CC BY-ND)

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.

Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC)

Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC)

This license allows others to distribute, alter and build upon a created work for 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.

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

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.

Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA)

Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA)

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.

Further details on Creative Commons can be found at