Obviously publishing the mind-boggling results of your research is top of every academic’s agenda, but when you’re working up that final draft there are a few key things to bear in mind that will hopefully help you celebrate success beyond the printed article in the longer term:
• Do you work with or as part of one of the local Centres such as the CRUK Centre, the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research or the NIHR SRMRC (Trauma) Centre? Don’t forget to credit them in the Acknowledgements section of your paper – the external assessment and renewal of these Centres relies on them being noted as support!
• Have you demonstrated anything novel that might in future be of interest to industry or patients? It might be a mechanistic insight, a new approach to stratifying disease or something that could inform treatment. If so, it’s worth talking to your local Tech Transfer Officer (Claire Fenlon) before you submit to check if we should protect anything to ensure it can ultimately benefit others (and you!).
• Don’t forget the various funder rules and journal criteria around open access –if you’re unsure about anything, contact the Digital Assets Unit, based in the Main Library.
• Hoping to make a news splash with your work? Make sure that you talk to Kara Bradley, our Media Relations Manager for Life Sciences, as soon as your paper is accepted and we can work with you to publicise your work most effectively.