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Library Services for Research

An overview of the services available via City's Libraries for Masters students, PhD students, postdoctoral and academic staff.

How to Share and Promote your Research

Sharing and actively promoting your research will lead to more people reading it and hopefully, more people citing it in their own papers. You can connect your research with people outside of academia, too, increasing its impact and connecting with more readers in industry, in the media, and around the world. See  also our Researcher academic networking sites page.

  • Academics staff can make sure it's on City Research Online. Library staff check all submissions for copyright and licensing issues, so once it's made live, you know you have a shareable version that meets HEFCE Open Access requirements. Open access means that your research can be read by anyone, unlike most published versions of articles which are behind paywalls.
  • Update your professional profiles to include your article. Updating CRO means that Academic Experts profiles are updated too. You can also add your most recent research to LinkedIn and to profiles on academic networking and research sharing sites.
  • Share, promote and discuss (legally shareable) copies to research sharing sites. These include Academia.edu, ResearchGate and Mendeley. Please see below for our guidelines on making sure you are copyright and licensing compliant.
  • Share links to your research on your own social media accounts. Twitter and Facebook are popular choices. Link to the copy on City Research Online so there's no paywall to get through and everyone can read your work. You can use institutional accounts too, for instance by sharing with a Twitter account for your department or using the hashtag for a course you teach on. See our Social Media Guide for more information.
  • Talk about it on relevant JISCMail lists. Email lists are still a popular tool for discussion and research dissemination. Lists are also a great way to keep up to date in your research area.
  • Tell your colleagues Peers within City, University of London and any collaborative partners you have will be interested in your articles.
  • Consider blogging or vlogging about your research. You can use posts or videos to highlight key takeaways and give people reasons why they should read your work. This can also help you to explain it to a lay audience who might be interested but are not used to reading academic articles.
  • Share your work with the world outside academia. The Press Office team can advise you.

Conferences, Workshops and Symposia

  • Conferences are excellent venues for meeting research colleagues from around the world. The networking at the conferences can provide valuable feedback for your research and help you find opportunities for collaboration. Hearing other peopler's work and exploring their posters can inspire you and connect you to the wider world of your subject.
  • Posters tend to be the first published efforts of a researcher and getting a poster in a conference is a great experience for a PhD candidate.
  • Papers given at conferences are often the next step. They usually take the form of an oral presentation. You may be required to submit an abstract for the conference, or in some cases a full paper.
  • Conference proceedings are often published afterwards and contain all the papers or particular highlights. You may be invited or required to submit a full paper for publication in the conference proceedings.
  • There is also a new and growing arena of subject-specific social media where online conferences are established. Once you have identified an interesting conference, sign up to receive notifications on abstract submissions and registration deadlines.
  • Workshops, symposia and researcher development days are other events that you can use to learn new skills and network, as well as promote any recent research you have done.
  • Internal conferences events are be a good opportunity to meet other researchers within your institution and discuss your research.

Creating Effective Posters for Conferences

An effective poster can attract unexpected contacts and connections, promote your profile and research, and engage others in debate. You may be available to present your poster and answer questions about your research, but if you are not there it can still be effective:

  • Let images illustrate your points - do not overload the poster with text
  • Remember that people will be reading from a few metres away, so keep text large and clear
  • Consider your audience and the conference themes, and choose a key message to design your poster around
  • Keep tables, data and graphs as simple as possible
  • Have handouts with key points available to take away
  • Make sure your contact details, including social media, are clearly visible

Using images:

It is important to work within copyright rules. Take a look at our guide on finding images and understanding the different types of copyright. Don't forget to credit your images - just as you would credit any quotations or ideas in your research papers.  Using your own images is a great way to ensure you stay within copyright rules.

You can also read our full guide to copyright.

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