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Publication and Dissemination of Research Findings

Dissemination of research findings is a critical part of the research process. Typically, research is not fully complete until the findings have been made widely available. However, researchers need to be aware of any agreements with funding providers which might prescribe if, when and how research findings can be disseminated.

Dissemination of research findings goes beyond formal publication in journals or books and can include non-refereed publications, web pages, other media and digital repositories.

Researchers must ensure that published reports, statistics and public statements about research activities and performance are complete, accurate and unambiguous. In the event that a researcher becomes aware of unintentional misleading or inaccurate statements in their work, they must attempt to correct the record as soon as possible.

Researchers should, where possible, make the results of their research publicly accessible. Researchers must comply with the University's Open Access Policy.

Communicating research findings with the wider community

Engaging with the wider community is a vital part of disseminating research findings. There are a variety of traditional and emerging ways of getting information to the public, but the general principles apply in all cases.

  • When discussing the outcomes of a research project, special care should be taken to explain the status of the project — for example, whether it is still in progress or has been finalised.
  • As far as possible, all authors of the work should be acknowledged.
  • The source of any financial support should be acknowledged.
  • Anyone directly impacted by the research findings should be informed before wider dissemination of the results.

Researchers often find that they need to discuss complicated findings in a clear, concise manner with members of the public. The Marketing Unit can provide training and advice on how best to communicate research, and can provide help with writing press releases and preparing for interviews, as well as liaising with the media.

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