Research publication framework launched

July 25th, 2017

A message from Professor Dame Jessica Corner, DBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange):

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the launch of the University of Nottingham Publication Framework, the development of which was commissioned by the University’s REF Steering Group. The Framework aims to support your decision making about where to publish, and has a focus on improving the overall quality of the University’s research outputs. For UNUK this includes increasing the proportion of 4* outputs available to submit to the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).

The full Publication Framework, which can be accessed via the Publication Framework Workspace, was produced by colleagues in Research and Innovation (formerly REGS) and LRLR. It identifies the principles which define the University’s approach to publication in order to provide a clear line of sight between institutional strategy around publication, mechanisms for support, and your activity as an individual researcher.

I would particularly recommend you read the Researcher Guidance. The individual publication checklist should help you to get the most out of your publications and to access relevant help and support. The checklist will be updated regularly to reflect evolving processes and guidance: click ‘Watch’ on the Workspace page to receive notifications when it is updated.

Roadshows will take place over the coming months to promote the Framework to the widest possible audience, plus supportive activities throughout 2017-18; we also hope to roll out the Framework globally over this timeframe. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email them to

There is other work underway related to publications. This includes advice on REF ‘exceptions’ and the up and coming UK Scholarly Communications Licence. More will follow in due course.

Best wishes,



Find out more about support for researchers on the Research Vision Workspace.

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