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Publication Cycle

Introduction

The Publication Cycle tells the story of a research idea as it appears in the published literature from inception to accepted orthodoxy. Understanding the publication cycle is helpful because:

  • it provides a map of the literature, giving an overview of material available to you and where you are likely to find it; 
  • literature produced at each stage of the cycle has a particular function, understanding this helps you to use literature appropriately;
  • using the publication cycle provides you with a model for systematically searching the literature.