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Office of Scholarly Communication Helps Your Research Journey from Plan to Publication and Beyond

The UCF Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication provides support for researchers at UCF. Along every step of the way, services are offered to facilitate your research plan, project, publication, and digital scholarship efforts.

Overwhelmed by your literature review? Meet with a librarian for in-depth assistance related to locating relevant materials and managing your citations. If you have never tried RefWorks or EndNote, let us show you their propensity for disentangling the research process.

Managing your citations is one thing, but managing your data is quite another. You may have funding or grant requirements to make your data openly accessible, or you may just want to keep your data safe and organized. Before you start accumulating data, let us help you consider options that will save you time and minimize stress throughout the research planning process.

We can show you even more resources to help expedite your plan, including a database to find funding opportunities, information regarding regulatory guidelines, and guidance to start planning grants. Learn more from our Planning Cycle page.

As you work on your project, we can help you stay in control of your data set with appropriate metadata. From choosing metadata standards to finding an appropriate repository, we can help guide the way. Not sure what metadata means in this situation? We can help with that as well.

We can also point you in the right direction for help with computing research data, meeting standards of conduct, and managing grants. See more at our Project Cycle page.

Do you know your rights as an author? You are able to reproduce your work, distribute your work, and publicly display or perform your work. You can also give away these rights, and this commonly happens in publication agreements. To retain rights, we can show you how to create an addendum to include with your publisher’s agreement.

Unsure where to publish your work? If you are in favor of retaining more rights as an author, such as being able to self-archive your work, then think about choosing a publisher with an open access option. We can show you tools for locating a reputable journal publisher.

Digital Scholarship
Once your work is published, let us help you explore ways to preserve and disseminate your publication. We offer strategies for discovery to help you promote your work. To see the impact of your research, see our guides and tools about citation metrics.

We can also help you improve your presentation skills. UCF Libraries offers consultations, workshops, practice spaces, technology to use (laptops, voice recorders, etc.), and more.

For additional information or to set up an appointment, see the Scholarly Communication page.

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