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Research Support

An overview of the support that is offered for researchers at the University of Essex.


Research Support at the University of Essex is facilitated by collaboration between different sections, including Library Services, the Research and Enterprise Office and the UK Data Archive. This page will give you an overview of the research support that is covered.

Research support at the library


Get advice on things like how to find a good journal to publish in and how to avoid the pitfalls of publishing


Learn how citations are measured, how to improve citations, and what tools you can use to explore your own citations. You can also view our Good Practice: Reaching Academic and Public Audiences booklet on this page.

Online Research profiles

Managing your online identity as a researcher is extremely important. Get advice here.

Early Career Researchers

Get the support and advice you need to help you navigate academia.

Literature searching

Get help with finding, evaluating, and referencing literature. See our search skills page, or book a librarian for a 1-to-1 session.

Open Access

Publish Open Access to make your research freely available, increase your visibility and make sure your work is compliant with funder policies and the REF (Research Excellence Framework). Head to our Open Research page for more information on the open research movement.

Research support beyond the library

Essex Repository

Find publications and theses from University of Essex academics and students.

Essex Research Information System (RIS)

Get an overview of and record your publications, grants, impact and activity. You can also deposit your work to the repository via the Research Information System (login required).

Funding application

Get tips and assistance with your funding application from the Research and Enterprise Office.

Data Management

Many funders now require that a data management and sharing plan is submitted as a part of a research grant application.

Ethical approval

If your research involves human participants, you'll need ethical approval before data collection. More information here.

Research Impact

Impact refers to the demonstrable changes and benefits that occur outside of the academy as a result of research. Impact case studies is used for the next Research and Excellence Framework (REF 2021) to assess impact of research. 

Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy is a suite of e-learning resources designed to support researchers. Gain certificates and rewards as your progress through the modules, and pick and choose the ones that are beneficial for you. 

Career Path

Career Path brings together a range of resources that give practical advice for careers in research, whether in academia or in industry.