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Research Support Services

Research Support Services

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Research Support Services

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Kent State University Libraries provides research support services for university investigators throughout the research lifecycle. We aim to support both large and small research projects and investigators of all types (students, faculty, and staff). This site is designed to pull together a number of those resources and provides investigators with access to experts in University Libraries as well as Research & Economic Development
and the Division of Information Technology. Choose the topic below for further information.



Data Management

University Libraries can help with:

  • Creating data management plans (DMPs) for grant proposals
  • Identifying the best data repository for your project
  • Choosing the appropriate data format for long-term use and access
  • And many other aspects of data management and research foundational needs.

For more information visit our Data Management site or contact us at researchdata [at] (subject: Data%20Management)


Research Identity Support


ORCiD provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. (adopted from ORCiD website)

If you have any questions or need assistance with ORCiD contact us at orcid [at] (subject: ORCiD%20Help)


Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a researcher profile system that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research including the NIH and NSF. SciENcv gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education, and professional accomplishments. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv allows researchers to describe and highlight their scientific contributions in their own words.

Visit our guide to ORCiD and SciENcv for more information and instructions on creating accounts with these research identity support tools.


Funding Your Research, Proposals, & Grant Management

University Libraries has partnered with Research & Economic Development (R&ED) to provide access to the Pivot Funding Opportunities Database. Pivot contains records representing almost $70 billion in funding. Search for funding opportunities and save those searches for future use.

The Office of Sponsored Programs will also assist with the proposal process including guidelines and the submission process using Kuali

Finally, once awarded, R&ED will assist with award management, guidance on activity reporting, and research compliance


Research Computing

Enterprise Research Technology & Support (ERTS) provides IT related assistance throughout the research life cycle including reviewing grant proposals for architecture, cost analysis, technical support, security review, and cyber infrastructure planning. IT also supports co-PI opportunities as well as staffing for grants.. Visit the IT Service Catalog for more information.


Statistical Consulting Software Support & Analysis

We help faculty, staff, and student researchers at any stage of the research process learn to use statistical and qualitative data analysis software through one-on-one consulting sessions, workshops, and online tutorials. The service is free, and members from any discipline and any campus are welcome.

Visit our Statistical Consulting Services site for more information, including what packages we support, or to make an appointment with a consultant.


Patents & Commercialization

University Libraries can assist with assessing and researching patents and the potential for an innovation to be patented. Visit our guide to Innovation, Novelty, and Patent Protection for more information. 

If you've reached the stage where you are considering the viability of bringing your innovation to market, Kent State University's Office of Technology Commercialization can assist in protecting, marketing and licensing university inventions with commercialization potential. 


Copyright & Publication Support

University Libraries provides copyright assistance for your scholarship including help with articles, books, theses & dissertations. We'll help you determine when you should register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office?

When publishing, we can help you determine what rights you need to retain, negotiate your contract, understand your rights regarding pre- or post-prints (including abilities to self-archive and/or distribute). 

Open Access - What does Open Access mean? 

  • Finding an Open Access journal
  • What about Predatory Journals?
  • What are Creative Commons licenses? What does that mean?  

General information, including links to informational web sites, tutorials, tools, and blogs, may be found under Copyright Resources


Open Access Kent State

Open Access Kent State (OAKS) is Kent State University's Institutional Repository, a platform for the preservation and promotion of the academic output of our multi-campus system. Consider OAKS when preparing your DMP or to host your publication pre- and post prints.

Publishing an Open Access Journal? OAKS can host that journal as well. 

Contact our OAKS support at oaks [at]


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