After your manuscript is accepted

Congratulations, your paper has been accepted for publication! The resources maintained on this page are intended to help researchers make their publications more visible to the general public.

How can I make my research assessable to the public?

If you have published in an open access journal, your manuscript should already be freely available to those with internet access. If your work is not published in a freely assessable format, you can make it available to others via a repository. The uOttawa repository, uO Research, offers a quick and easy way for faculty, graduate students and researchers to deposit their work. Submissions to this repository are indexed by search engines including Google Scholar. When submitting your work to uO Research there is an option to indicate when (if relevant) embargo dates apply so as to ensure you are compliant with these.

Why should I speak with media?

There are a number of motives for speaking to the media about your research. Firstly, some might argue that if you receive public funds, you have a duty to share your knowledge. Indeed, it is possible that learning about research via the media could prompt an individual to change their behavior, which may have consequences for their health. Secondly, by actively engaging with the media you have the opportunity to help ensure that any media coverage is accurate and clearly reported. Finally, speaking with the media may be a means through which you can raise your research profile. This may in turn impact upon factors including your ability to form collaborations and to achieve and maintain funding.

How do I share my research with media?

OHRI has communication and public relations professionals that can help you get your research disseminated and reported effectively by the media. This may include assistance with drafting a media release or advice on being interviewed by media contacts. Before speaking to the media we recommend first speaking with the communications experts at OHRI. If you would like specific science media communications advice, please see the internal communications webpage internal communications webpage and contact:

Jennifer Ganton
Director, Communications and Public Relations,
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
613-737-8899 x 73325

What are article level metrics and how do they matter for my paper?

Article level metrics allow researchers to track the impact of their paper beyond its citations. These can be broad, but commonly incorporate things like the number of manuscript views or manuscript downloads. ‘Altmetric’ is an organization that tracks article level metrics and social media uptake of published manuscripts in order to assign a ‘real world uptake score’. There is recent evidence suggesting that an article’s Altmetric score positively relates to its citation index; however, this relationship is weak suggesting that altmetrics are capturing a different type of scholarly impact than traditional citations1.

You can download the Altmetric Bookmarklet on Chrome, Firefox or Safari to track the impact of your paper. This tool will allow you to view article level metrics and social shares from websites including Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. It also notes whether your work has been picked up in blogs, news outlets or added to a researcher’s Mendeley reference manager account, among other sources. Perhaps of particular interest in gauging impact, Altmetric also tracks mentions in policy documents. The Altmetric Bookmarklet can be used on articles available via PubMed, arXiv, or on those that contain a DOI. You might consider reporting your Altmetrics in grant applications or project reports as a means of describing the reach of your research. You can read more about Altmetric and how they assign their impact score here.

Open Data

Making data freely available is a common practice within some scientific disciplines. This practice reinforces transparent reporting, supports open scientific inquiry, and encourages re-evaluation which can lead to novel insights otherwise not described by the original researchers.

Increasingly, journals and funders are developing policies that require or promote open data availability. You can read more about existing funder policies on open data here. Within the Canadian context, the Tri-Agency has adopted a Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management which touches on the "the value of digital research data, the importance of fostering reuse of digital research data, and the need for policies to facilitate excellence in data stewardship".

It appears likely that open data policies will become commonplace. The EQUATOR Network hosts a useful guideline for how to prepare raw clinical data for publication, which may be useful for those looking to achieve compliance to new open data policies.

The Centre for Open Science maintains the Open Science Framework which can be used as a way to make one’s data openly available. Specifically, the Open Science Framework offers cloud-based management of your research projects. After creating a research project folder, you can subsequently control access to which documents within your project are publicly accessible.