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ResMAP: Submission & Dissemination

Mapping the research journey for Post Graduate and Doctoral Researchers

Digital Print Services

The University’s Digital Print Services offer a foil printing service onto hard back binders for a presentation of your dissertation. 
Costs are available through their website:

Photocopying and Printing

Ensure to leave plenty of time to print out your final piece before your submission date.

See CICT Guide to Printing and Photocopying

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Submission and Dissemination

Each submission will make a contribution not only to your learning but also to the subject investigated.  Your work may be placed in the archive at the University and may be made available to others studying in the field.  It is important, therefore, that the document reaches the high standards required by the University in the quality of its presentation.

Check with your supervisor to ensure that the final draft adheres to University standards in terms of quality of writing, punctuation and printing before submission.

Once notified that the work has achieved a pass, it is usual to submit one hard-bound copy. However again check with your supervisor for your Faculty’s policy on submission.

Sometimes it may be necessary to modify the submission before binding. 

Your final work should have raised questions, created awareness and provided understanding of your chosen area of research and will be a contribution to that particular area. For this reason you may want to include plans in your research to make your findings available to those for whom they are relevant.

You may want to consider contributing to a conference, preparing a piece for publication or sharing it with relevant practitioners.  In any event, you may feel your findings will have more value if they are made a resource for others. There are an increasing number of sites which enable researchers to share their findings. Among these are ResearchGate and figshare.  Discuss these issues with your supervisor who will ensure that dissemination arising from your study is accurate. Human subjects of your research should normally be anonymised in any dissemination process.

If you are considering publishing in a journal and have no prior experience of writing for publication, look out for courses being run within the your Faculty. As a general guide to editors expectations look at the Guides for Authors that appear in journals for your discipline. There are also good practice guides, such as those in the table below.

COPE Committee on Publication Ethics
CONSORT Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials
STROBE STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology
PLOS RGC Public Library of Science Reporting Guidelines Collection
AERA Standards for Reporting on Empirical Social Science Research in AERA Publications (American Educational Research Association)
Shaw, M. Writing good software engineering papers
Ashby, M. How to write a paper (Engineering)
Wager, E. & Kleinert, S. Responsible research publication: international standards for authors (World Conference on Research Integrity)
  The report below makes recommendations regarding the use of metrics, such as journal impact factors and peer review, in making decisions regarding where to get published.
Wilsdon, J., et al. (2015). 

The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management.



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