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Best Practices for Communicating Your Research

Learn about manuscript types (e.g., studies, reviews, meta-analyses), defining authorship, searching the literature, pre-registering hypotheses, registering systematic review protocol, making research transparent, and creating an open science lab.

This Guide is for :

Assisting you, as an early-career researcher, in:

  • identifying the type of manuscript to write to communicate and publish your research;

  • developing literature search and organizational strategies appropriate for your manuscript type.

Helping you to engage in transparent qualitative or quantitative research and open science by:

  • pre-registering hypotheses;

  • registering systematic review protocol; 

  • creating open science research labs.

Step 1: Your Manuscript

A brief overview of manuscript types: The type of manuscript (article) you write and attempt to publish depends on the type of research you will be conducting.

Step 2: Authorship

An overview on the current scholarly debate on authorship and author inflation as well as links to accepted authorship guidelines and best practices.


Step 3: Research Transparency

Designing your research? Make it transparent while you do so! This page discusses the WHAT, WHY, and HOW of research transparency, and includes a list of checklists, tools, and other resources to help you make your research transparent through transparent reporting checklists, pre-registration, registered reports, open materials, open data, and open access publishing.

Step 4: Literature Search

An overview of search strategies and tools to help you define your research question, where to find various types of literature, how to search, and additional resources and further reading. 

References & Resources

Includes references cited in the text throughout this guide as well as additional scholarly resources to provide you with more in-depth and discipline-specific information on the topics covered.

Additional resources are provided on individual pages, including Library Books.