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Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computer Science: Publication Life Cycle

Graduate Student Publishing

Make your work work for you.

The research you're conducting in school can work harder for you when it comes time to apply for jobs and/or future educational opportunities. Including your content in the University's Digital Collections Repository allows you to put citations and links in your resume or C.V. so that admissions officers or future job opportunities can view the work you've produced. Here's a sample:

Blanda, M. T., & Morganti, D. (2017-10-17). Data management and open access requirements for funded research. Presentation to students and faculty at Texas State University. Available:

You're scholars, already.

Engaging with research and critically analyzing it to create new content is a means of conversing with the academic world. You are commenting on conversations that researchers are having in the scholarly world. By including your research in the University's Digital Collections Repository, you allow others to continue your thread of the conversation. When your work becomes discoverable, you'll be surprised by the interest it draws! Check out these statistics on the presentation about Data Management cited above:

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Including your research in the University's Digital Collections Repository also protects and preserves it for the future.

So do it already!

Include your work in the library's Digital Collections Repository in order to document your scholarly contributions, get that citation and link, and preserve it for the future. Check out the First Time Users guide if you need help, or Ask a Librarian.

Life Cycle

Stage What Implications
Idea! Exploring a research idea Search prior literature for uniqueness, collaborators, and improvements
Pre-Prints Share ideas early Establish your idea as the first. Publish in ArXiv or on ResearchGate.
Posters Share early findings and get feedback Get early feedback on your idea, identify collaborators for future work
Conference Presentation Share findings quickly Editorial process is less rigorous than a journal, so lower barrier to "publication" = more current
Reports/Journal Articles Formal presentation of research findings Editorial process ensures uniqueness, quality, and high standards = less current (as long as 6 months to publication), but more authoritative. May be required for tenure/promotion.
Book Publish a comprehensive look at something Editorial process is quite lengthy. Least current and most authoritative.