Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Peer Review and Research

Guidance and resources to support the research process for librarians.

Adequate Preparation

Once the researcher has formulated clear goals, it is fundamental to then assess what level of preparation is necessary for the project formulated. This may be smaller or greater depending on the scope of the project. Some projects may take years to complete and may require significant preparation. Different fields have different expectations, but this outline of Adequate Preparation for Research Projects from the Register of Professional Archeologists provides a good example that can be adapted widely. Some points include:

  • Self-assessment: the researcher should assess their qualifications against the demands of the project, and "minimize inadequacies by acquiring additional expertise, by bringing in associates with the needed qualifications, or by modifying the scope of the project". 
  • Become familiar with the existing literature, if any, on the subject. 
  • Develop a plan of research which
    • "specifies the objectives of the project"
    • "takes into account previous relevant research" 
    • "employs a suitable methodology."

The RPA also notes that part of proper preparation is learning whether or not another scholar or scholars is working on a similar topic, and whether your research will impinge or interfere on their pre-existing efforts. If so, this should lead to negotiation with the other scholar/scholars.

Adequate Preparation Resources

The Ethics of Research