How when and why to let us know about your upcoming paper

As research funders we really like to shout about all of the amazing work that our researchers do, not only because we love great science, but also because the BHF is a research charity and we owe it to our supporters to let them know what we do with their kindly donated money. 

But how can we showcase our research if we don't hear about it? Here, we run through, how and when to send us your latest paper as well as some of the most frequently asked questions about what we do with the paper once we've got it.

How?

This one's easy. Send it to [email protected] and one of our research communications officers will pick it up.

When?

Please send your paper to us before it's published. 

Journalists like to report on a paper on the day of publication, so we need it at least a week before that in order to have time to write a press release and send it out for them to write up.

Ideally, you should send your paper to us at the same time that you send your revisions back to the journal.

FAQ's

Won't the journal mind if I send you my paper before it has been published?

No! Journals like to get their name into the newspapers and they like people to hear about your paper and go to their website to read it. 

We have good links with many journals and their press offices and they trust us to honour any embargo that they might set.

In, fact many journals tell you to contact your institution or funder press office in their acceptance letter.

I've let my university press office know, do I still need to tell you?

Yes. Simply put, if we've paid for the research to be carried out we would like first-refusal at sending out a press release about it. We will always let your university press office know ahead of doing so.

Can I see the press release before you send it to any journalists?

Yes. In fact, we would never send out a press release without a paper's author checking it over first. We also have our press-releases checked over by either our Medical Director or one of our Associate Medical Directors. That way we can be completely confident that the press will recieve accurate information.

I don't think my paper will make the news, should I still send it to you?

Yes! We can't press release every paper that we receive, but we can still use other ways to communicate it, such as our blog.

Plus, it's always great to be kept up-to-date with what our researchers are doing.