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Present, Write, Publish Guide

This guide provides resources for biomedical and health sciences learners and faculty on how to present, write and publish research and scholarship.

How to use this Guide

Gear, wrench, and screwdriver iconThis guide is collaboration between faculty librarians at the Lied Library and the School of Medicine Library and designed to be used by students in nursing and health sciences programs at UNLV and medical students, residents and fellows at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine who are new to scholarly publishing and research.

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Overview of the Research Life Cycle

Cycle symbol made up of four arrows in yellow, green, blue and red, going clockwiseThe Research Life Cycle describes the entire process from beginning to end when undertaking a research project. Below is a breakdown of the research life cycle with a brief description and recommended resources to explore more. In this guide we highlight the latter half of the research life cycle and focus on presenting, writing, publishing, and understanding how to share your impact.

Light bulb that is lit. Think & Plan


The first part of the Research Life Cycle is focused on planning and preparing for your research project. Depending on your research project, you may need to familiarize yourself with the kind of research you will be undertaking for your project.

Questions to consider:

  • What is your research question?
  • Are you undergoing a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods (combining both approaches) for your study?
  • Who will you be collaborating with (fellow students, faculty, other institutional partners)?
  • How will you be gathering your data? How will it be stored, analyzed, shared, and preserved?
  • Will you require grant funding or other resources?
  • How will you be disseminating or sharing your work and study findings? Where do you want to be publish in? A conference, journal article
  • Does your review require an Institutional Review Board (IRB) review because it involves human subjects?

All of these questions should be considered and can be put together using a research plan or protocol.

Yellow building with "Library" written on the roof. Meet with a Librarian: At this stage it's also good to meet with a faculty librarian who can provide you with guidance and resources to help you be successful on your research project.


Yellow paper with magnifying glass. Discover


The second part of the Research Life Cycle is focused on discovery and exploration of your research topic. It's important to know how to select appropriate library resources for your projects wether you are exploring library databases, journals, or books. Part of selecting these resources also requires creating a search strategy. Using your research question you can then build a search strategy to help you locate resources needed for your project. This may include exploring familiar resources such as a library database or looking beyond the library to review specific websites, white papers, reports, data repositories, etc.

Yellow building with the word "Library" on the roof. Meet with a Librarian: At this stage it's also good to meet with a faculty librarian who can provide you with guidance and resources to help you be successful on your research project.


Three grey documents  Gather & Analyze


The third part of the Research Life Cycle is focused on gathering relevant resources and analyzing them. You may want to become familiar with library services that help access important resources such as interlibrary loan, citation management programs, data management, and statistical software packages. See the resources below to learn more.

Person thinking about writing with message bubble and question mark on each side of them. Write & Publish

This fourth part of the Research Life Cycle is focused on writing and publishing your manuscript.

Visit the Write & Publish page to learn more about this part of the research life cycle.


Red and white bullseye with an arrow at the center target. Share & Impact

This fifth and final part of the Research Life Cycle is focused on knowing how to share your work and understand its impact within the scholarly literature.

Visit the Share & Impact page to learn more about this part of the research life cycle.

Two hands each holding a puzzle piece that they've joined together.Multidisciplinary Collaborations
UNLV encourages multidisciplinary collaborations in the areas of research and learning. Below are some resources that can help you discover opportunities to work with others in different fields of disciplines within the institution.



Dimensions is a database that was developed by Digital Science, which tracks research grants, publications, clinical trials, policy documents, and patents to help researchers explore the connections between various research outputs. Dimensions uses a variety of sources to produce complex research analyses through the entire lifecycle.

Users can view Altmetric attention scores and view analytics that tracks trends in funding, publications, and policy documents, along with their citations and more. More advanced users can utilize an API that produces complex data visualizations from Dimensions. The database caters to science and medical fields, though it is working on expanding in other areas.

UNLV researchers can access Dimensions by going to the University Libraries A to Z Database listing and logging in with their ACE credentials.

InCites (Web of Science)

InCites is a benchmarking and analysis tool developed by Clarivate in connection to Web of Science. This tool can be used to track trends in research and collaboration and identify high-profile researchers at your institution and others. Users can view a variety of visualizations and data and explore researcher and institutional profiles.

UNLV researchers can access InCites by logging into Web of Science through the University Libraries A to Z Database list. ACE login is required. 

Guide Acknowlegements

This guide was informed by others who have created specific guides on related topics.  Our appreciation goes out to the following libguides, whose materials we have utilized.

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