Disseminating Research

Once you are ready to share your findings, the next challenge is to decide how to disseminate your research so that it reaches the audiences that need to know about it.

Open access

Scholarly publishing is currently changing, with a growing emphasis on open access to research.

The Library facilitates open access publishing by managing Lancaster EPrints – the institutional repository. We also provide support for submitting your research to the Pure Portal – the University’s research information system.

If you are a research student, your supervisor will be able to help you to decide where to publish your research after you submit your thesis.

Deciding where to publish journal articles

The publisher of each journal title should be able to supply authors with enough information for you to understand the scope of the journal, the editorial board, submission process and so on.

Things to consider:

Peer-reviewed or refereed journal articles 

  • Subject to the scrutiny of other researchers in the same field
  • Author corrects and revises the article in response to comments from peers

Scope and audience

  • Read the information for authors on the journal website to make sure your research fits the scope of the journal e.g. only review articles
  • Consider the best audience for your paper e.g. wide reaching or interdisciplinary; narrow, technical or highly specialised

Open access policies from your funder or the University

  • Some funders, such as RCUK, stipulate that the public must have open access to research outputs they have funded, preferably upon publication
  • Make sure that the journal allows you to follow any funder or University guidelines
  • The University is currently revising its Open Access policy

Prestige and reputation

  • Based on the standing of the publisher or learned society behind a journal
  • Academic colleagues can help establish the most prestigious journals in your field
  • Can also be based on low acceptance or high rejection rates

Journal impact metrics

  • Metrics, such as Journal Impact Factor and SCImago Journal Rank, or Source Normalised Impact per Publication (SNIP) can be used to judge the overall impact of a journal title based on the number of citations it receives

Where the journal is indexed

  • Can indicate the standing of a journal in a particular field
  • Can affect the likelihood of others discovering your work, for example by searching Web of Science, Scopus or subject specific index

How to write a great research paper, and get it accepted 

In January 2016, Anthony Newman (Senior Publisher) and Michaela Kurschildgen (Customer Consultant) from international academic publisher Elsevier delivered an author seminar as part of the Elsevier Publishing Connect Series, aimed at enabling the participants to become more confident and knowledgeable as authors, in order to make getting published easier. The presenters have permitted the Library to share their slides, which cover:

  • Types of scientific publications
  • The different types of research papers published
  • Considerations before writing
  • Choosing the right journal
  • Writing using correct language
  • The structure of the manuscript
  • The submission and review procedure
  • Author responsibilities: publishing ethics and plagiarism
  • How to use Scopus as a tool for authors 

Presentation slides

How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal January 2016 from Lancaster University Library  


The Library can give you advice on dealing with copyright issues, such as seeking permission for including other people’s work eg an image or table in your own research.