Publishing & Peer Review

Most scholarly communication goes through the peer review quality control process before it is published. A librarian can assist you with selecting journals and walking you through the peer review process.

After an article is submitted to a journal for publication, the journal editor will typically send it out for peer review. Peer reviewers read the article and provide feedback to the editor. Editors may send reviewer comments to the investigator who may then revise and resubmit the article for further review. If an article does not maintain sufficiently high scientific standards (e.g., acknowledge and build upon other work in the field, rely on logical reasoning and well designed studies, back up claims with evidence, etc.), it may be rejected at this point.

For questions about publishing & the peer review process, please contact:

Allyson Mower, MA, MLIS
Scholarly Communications & Copyright Librarian
J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
(801) 585-5458

Mary McFarland
Research Librarian
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
(801) 581-5534

Publicizing & Popularizing Research Findings

Publicizing research results can help inform decisions on important public issues and can contribute to public outreach and education goals. Researchers with potentially newsworthy research should contact the appropriate public relations representatives (see below) to discuss it as soon as their studies are submitted – and absolutely no later than acceptance, although in some cases that may be too late. In your email, please send manuscripts as an attachment, and include a few sentences in layman’s terms explaining what you did, what you found, and why it’s significant. In general, studies that are newsworthy tend to have some relevance to readers, their health and their lives.

For more information and to find a list of contacts, read Publicizing Research Findings (pdf). For the College of Engineering, there is also the COE Media Relations Guidelines (pdf).

Share Your Research with Scholarly Websites

Consider creating an account at each of the following sites, then upload information about your published works to them. The first two will find your works automatically.

  • Google Scholar (Set up  an account to share your research and view metrics)
  • Microsoft Academic Search (A competitor with Google Scholar, it operates much the same manner to share your research. Does not cover all fields.)
  • ResearcherID (Obtain a researcher number and you can create an online bibliography of your published works)
  • ORCID (Sign up and get a unique researcher number to use throughout your career)
Grant Life Cycle step 1: Generate Your Idea Step 2: Find Funding Step 3: Develop Your Proposal Step 4: Submit Your Proposal Step 5: Manage Your Award step 6: Share Your Research