Publishing and Presenting

Once you've conducted your research, the next step is to share the results. UofL offers several resources for researchers working to write, present and publish. 

Presenting

For researchers working on conference posters or presentations, UofL offers branded templates to make sure your work gets attention. Below, you can download these 24x36” Adobe InDesign poster templates for academic research presentations in three different layouts (horizontal and vertical).

Writing and Publishing

For researchers working on their next paper or manuscript, UofL Libraries offers this handy guide to writing and publishing your work, plus resources for:

One of the first steps in preparing your work for publication as an article, paper or presentation is a search to find past literature and citations in the same area. UofL has access to several major journals, along with a wide selection of printed publications. You can search these sources using the UofL Libraries subject guide.

If you are new to literature searches or would just like a hand, UofL's reference librarians can help you. Using the Ask A Librarian page, you can email a question or set a time to meet with a librarian specializing in a range of subjects, including art, business, social sciences and medicine.

These references will help you write your literature review summarizing the previous research that informs your work. UofL libraries also has a guide for writing a literature review, which you can read here.

The University Writing Center provides resources for faculty for their writing. Consultants at the Writing Center often work with faculty to develop and revise drafts of articles, grant applications, and other documents at any point in their writing process, from organization and brainstorming, to revising and polishing drafts.

Writing Center sessions last 50 minutes and faculty can sign up for up to three appointments a week, and can make appointments with the same consultant. You can make an appointment here.

Aside from appointments, the Writing Center also offers Faculty and Graduate Student Writing Groups. More information and registration here.

Once your article is written, you're ready to submit for publication - but where? UofL Libraries has developed a guide for finding a good journal to publish in. Major considerations include suitability (whether the journal is a good fit for the research you've done), logistics (the practicalities of the journal's policies, whether articles you're citing have been published in the journal before, etc.) and impact (the journal's prestige, readership, whether it's indexed, etc.).

After your work is published, you'll want to make sure that it's connected to you. UofL has a few services that can help, including:

  • ThinkIR, an open-access collection of scholarly works created by the UofL community and hosted and supported by the University Libraries. Through ThinkIR, faculty and graduates can highlight their scholarship, accomplishments, and successes as researchers for a global audience, increasing their visibility and making new connections. ThinkIR not only offers a portal for you to showcase all your scholarship, but provides open access and discoverability to your work  without a paywall.
  • Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), which allows researchers to register to obtain a unique ORCID iD that will attach to their research publications and other outputs. The idea is to create a comprehensive repository of your work, and your unique identifier will travel with you throughout your career.