How to best disseminate your work and grow your profile as a researcher is a core issue for those at any stage of their career in research or knowledge exchange.
The University of Westminster Press (UWP) and other members of the Research Environment and Scholarly Communications Team are here to provide support and guidance with this as best they can.
The bulk of the below videos come from a recording of a workshop held by the UWP last year. If you would like to see any of the areas introduced below explored in more detail at a live workshop or training session, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
This video explores how to choose the right publisher for your book project, running over twelve top tips that you may find useful.
This video introduces the origins and work of our University Press, as well as considering some of its next steps and how you might get involved.
The clip gives a distilled overview of the process of publishing a book.
Here, Philippa makes clear the importance of developing a publishing strategy and an author platform, providing ideas as to how you may get started in doing so.
In this video, Philippa explains the book proposal process, considers the publisher’s perspective on reviewing proposals, and explores some best practice.
This short video provides an overview of key things to consider when looking to publish from your PhD.
Created for the Doctoral Research Development Programme (DRDP) at Westminster, this video provides a good introduction to anyone either new to open access, or who needs a refresher. The short video introduces you to many aspects of open access publishing, and where you can get further information.
This video provides practical advice and guidance on publishing your thesis openly upon submission. It includes an introduction to open access and the wider context (both within and beyond the University), an overview of the University’s requirements for making your PhD thesis open access including making it available in WestminsterResearch (our institutional repository) and advice on related issues such as copyright and licensing, ORCID and making more of your research openly available.
This video outlines the importance of metadata in academic publishing, exploring your digital footprint and introducing a variety of ways to think about growing your academic profile.
This video further explores the importance of metadata to an academic researcher and highlights ways to utilise it.
This video explores some different channels for disseminating your research and draws attention to some useful metadata hubs.
This video highlights the variety of forms that academic outputs might take, suggesting ways in which, and reasons why, you may want to consider diversifying your outputs formats.
This video encourages you to consider the publisher perspective when seeking to publish your work and outlines how doing so might help you on your scholarly communications journey.
This video highlights the different paths that different academics might take to increase the reach of their work and grow their academic profile, providing some top tips on how to make the most of your strengths.
This video introduces you to the University’s Press Office, exploring the work they do to support research, how they might help you and how you might consider the press appeal of your work more broadly.
This video explores approaches to growing your profile as a researcher and increasing the reach of your work. Doug Specht, Senior Lecturer in the School of Media and Communications, reflects on his experiences of this process, providing insight into areas and best practice.
The video is supplemented by a concise one page document put together by Doug, which explores ways of thinking about sharing your research.
Please find below a list of some further reading around this area which will hopefully prove useful (we try to update this list as best we can, so do check back for updates periodically):
- How to write a blog post from your journal article in eleven easy steps Patrick Dunleavy, LSE Impact Blog
- Shorter, better, faster, free Patrick Dunleavy, Write4Research
- Publishing with Objective Charisma: Breaking Science’s Paradox Zoe A. Doubleday and Sean D. Connell (2017), Trends in Ecology and Evolution
- Scientists are talking, but mostly to each other: a quantitative analysis of research in mass media Julie Suleski, Motomu Ibaraki (2009), Public Understanding of Science
- Laura Portwood-Stacer
- Manuscript Works
- Thesis Whisperer
- Stylish Academic Writing Helen Sword (2012), Harvard University Press
- The Science of Scientific Writing George D. Gopen and Judith A. Swan (1990), American Scientist
- The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science Scott L. Montgomery (2nd edn, 2017), University of Chicago Press
- The Write Stuff (2004), Nature
- It’s not just you: science papers are getting harder to read Philip Ball (2017), Nature
- Katelyn Knox
- Pat Thompson
- The ‘Bumps in the Road’ podcast