Finishing touches

It's time to publish your research and finish this project. But there's more to this than submitting your paper to a journal. Your data needs to be archived and this may mean transforming your data into standard formats or anonymising your data.

Publishing

The results are in and yours conclusion made - but where should you publish? It's important to consider the language, impact, audience and cost of particular journals as well as their open access policy. Maybe your work could also be published in a community magazines or newspapers. PhD Theses have a particular process for submission. Remember that you need to store a copy in the UHRA and that you can share the referee comments and your corrections with collaborators through the University storage services. Read more on publishing your research

Preservation

Now you've finished with your data and published your work, you need to consider what data to keep, and what data to delete. This is a tough decision, but storing redundant data is expensive. Consider what can be reproduced and what tools you have produced that are independently valuable. Read more on preserving data.

Repositories

Some research councils require you to deposit your data into national subject repositories, while other communities are merely encouraged to do so. If your discipline does not have well established data archives, you should prepare your data for preservation in the University of Hertfordshire's data archive which will be available in 2014. Read more on repositories.

Web publishing

If your project has collected vast quantities of data or produced many outputs, such as catalogues, image albums, collections of transcripts, etc., you may want to publish them online on a dedicated website where downloads can be monitored, and future publications linked to. It may be that a web page is the best way of presenting your data or keeping the community up to date of your progress during an extended project. Just be aware that web content should be frequently maintained to ensure it is up to date and current. Read more about web publishing.

Research archive

The University of Hertfordshire Research Archive (UHRA) is a catalogue of research outputs. Primarily this means journal articles but other articles and data are catalogued so that the impact of University staff on research can be monitored. However, this is also an opportunity to keep a record of your papers and data so future generations can locate that obscure piece of data that confirms their work decades from now. Read more about the UHRA.