How do I... Manage My Research Output

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Actively managing your data throughout the research process enables reproducability, reusability and discovery, and can help maximize the impact of your research. 

Data Management Plans

A data management plan (DMP) documents how you will collect, record, and protect your data to ensure its future usability.  A thoughtfully crafted plan can allow for future validation or reproduction of results, and facilitate citation of your data to increase the visibility and impact of your work. There are tools and templates available for creating DMPs.
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Metadata best practices

Adding descriptive and explanatory metadata to your research data enables discoverability, reproducability, and makes it easier for others to cite and reuse your work. 
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Data Repositories

Whether you choose to deposit your data in a discipline-specific repository, an external repository, or a local SI repository, make sure that the services and terms offered fit the needs of your data.  
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Public Access Requirements for Federally Funded Research

As of October 1, 2015, Smithsonian employees who author journal articles and book chapters that are peer reviewed and accepted for publication are required to comply with the Smithsonian’s Public Access Plan. 
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Smithsonian Research Online

Smithsonian Research Online is a program to collect and manage publication data for works created by Smithsonian staff and affiliates. It currently collects nearly 2500 publications per year.  
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