Festival of Doctoral Research, 15th - 19th June 2020

The Festival of Doctoral research is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate doctoral research at Sussex. The Doctoral School has compiled an exciting and lockdown friendly programme for June 2020 that includes the Three Minute Thesis competition, a Wikipedia Editathon and a Hive Scholars Quiz. 

The Library would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the work published by doctoral researchers over the past 12 months. Throughout the festival we'll be sharing articles on a Twitter thread @SussexLibrary.



Thinking about publishing your work?

If you would like to start publishing your work, but aren't sure where to start, check out the following resources.



Author guidance

We'd also advise reading the author guidance provided by publishers in your field. 

Wiley Author Services 

SAGE Author Gateway

Taylor and Francis Author Services

Publishing with Elsevier step-by-step

Publish in Excursions: an open access Sussex journal

Current Call for Essays: Research in Times of Chaos

Covid-19 has brought with it a new way to live – and to do research. In this new and unexpectedly chaotic world, we were invited to reinvent, rethink and readapt constantly. Excursions is devoting its next issue to chaos, and we are looking to explore all aspects of it, including what it means for research and researchers. How did the chaos of Covid-19 affect your life as a doctoral researcher, your research, your ability to do research? What changes have you had to make to keep your research going? How did you navigate the chaos?

Excursions invites doctoral researchers to respond to the Covid-19 chaos in 300 to 500 words. The best essays will be featured in our upcoming issue. The deadline is 6 July 2020. Please email your entry to


Get your work noticed


Elements is the Current Research Information System (CRIS) now in use at the University. It hosts the University staff profile pages and supports the management of research outputs. 

Uploading appropriate copies of your work to Elements has a number of benefits: 

    • Increases the visibility and impact of your research
    • Maximises the chances of being read and cited where your work is available in full-text
    • Reach potential research collaborators, funders, and students
    • Easier to comply with funder requirements to make publications available via open access

Go to Elements 

Introducing Elements in under two minutes

Publication metrics 

What is the impact of your research? Not only within your discipline but also on society? 

Impact can be expressed in various ways including traditional bibliometrics, the statsitcal analysis of publications using citation data, and newer alternative metrics which are social media based. If you'd like to know more sign up to our Understanding publication metrics  workshop on 24th June 11:00-12:30.

Additional resources:

Register for your ORCiD

ORCID is short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. It is an international standard to help researchers to establish and maintain their scholarly identity. It aims to solve common issues such as:

  • not getting credit for your research because your name is common or because you have published using a different version of your name
  • struggling to find a central place to keep track of all your research outputs
  • having to spend time entering the same information over and over in publisher and grant submission systems

Register for your ORCiD at

Social media

Social media provides an opportunity to maximise the reach of your research and to engage audiences from within your discipline and beyond.

Professor Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at Edinburgh University, tested the impact of social media on her research output by blogging and tweeting about different research projects.  Her blog post, The Impact of Social Media on the Dissemination of Research: Results of an Experiment, outlines the results.