Honors Research Projects are published in The University of Akron's institutional repository, IdeaExchange@UAkron. By "publish" we mean "make public." The creation and dissemination of knowledge is a core function of any university; theses and dissertations are routinely published by institutions of higher learning everywhere. Through publication, your Honors Research Project contributes to the world's knowledge, advances your discipline, and provides compelling evidence to future employers and colleagues of your research and writing abilities.
When finished, you will upload your final project as a revision to your proposal. After a quick check of your file, the Williams Honors College will publish your project. Within a few days, Google will index your page and drive traffic to your project. Every project has its own page that reports download metrics, and you will receive regular emails about visitors to your page. Employers who Google your name plus keywords such as "The University of Akron" will find your Honors Project on the first page of results. You will be able to promote your Honors Project with its permanent, stable URL.
Not all Honors Projects should be made available to the public. For example, if you worked with a researcher on materials protected by a privacy agreement, or if you have written a substantial creative work that you wish to publish elsewhere, then it might be best for you to not publish your Honors Project through IdeaExchange@UAkron. Talk to your thesis advisor and Dane Quinn, Associate Dean of the Honors College, if you have questions about publication of your Honors Project.
Points to consider about publication of your Honors Project
- Proofread. Make sure that your Honors Project represents your best work. This is not a draft. Readers who may not understand the finer points of your research will understand you goofed if you have an obvious spelling error in the abstract. Leave time to copyedit your work. Professional copyeditors work at about 1350 words per hour. If your Honors Research Project is 20 pages long, it could take four hours to read it carefully, fix all the small errors, and adjust the punctuation and formatting to be consistent to the style of your discipline. Researchers who publish often and well understand the difference between a draft and a final, published manuscript. Publishers want to publish researchers who are capable of delivering manuscripts that require only minor revisions. Now is the time to show that you have mastered the fine skills of finishing a project and preparing it for publication.
- Adhere to the style of your discipline. The Williams Honors College will not review your Honors Project for your application of a relevant professional style. Your advisor and your readers will mainly focus on the substance of your research. They are, however, your best mentors for the work of getting your Honors Project into the style of your discipline. Your ability to adhere to a style – to format citations the way researchers in your field expect to see them, for example – is very important. It provides evidence of your ability to pay attention to detail as well as your preparation to belong to a community of scholars.
- Please scan the completed signature page for your research project and submit it along with the submission of your final report to IdeaExchange@UAkron. Note that you do not need to have the approval from the Dean of the Williams Honors College before submitting your signature page. If you need an extension to the submission deadline please contact Dane Quinn as soon as possible.
- Upload your project report to the Dr. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College Collection on IdeaExchange@UAkron through the UA libraries.
- IdeaExchange@UAkron is the name of a cooperative effort of the University Libraries and the University Press which showcases the research that the University, its faculty, and its students generate.
- Honors Research Projects sometimes contain confidential or proprietary information. Students may also wish to avoid disclosure of specific aspects of their work to preserve publication or patentability rights. Students should consult with their project sponsor and/or the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research for guidance on any of these potential issues before proceeding with submission. In such cases students should not submit restricted information to IdeaExchange, although a modified report that is not subject to disclosure issues should still be uploaded.
- Your final project should be uploaded through the IdeaExchange@UAkron account that was created when your initial project proposal was submitted. Instructions for creating an account are available with the project proposal. Please refer to the email that was received when the proposal was approved for additional instructions.