The research lifecycle is the process that a researcher takes to complete a project or study from its inception to its completion. The lifecycle itself addresses each step in the research process:
- research conception;
- provision of good practice advocacy in the creation of a research methodology;
- supports the production of data management plans and associated training;
- ensures appropriate generation or collection of primary data in research workflows;
- promotes structured data curation and deposit in an institutional data repository or file-store through to the development of institutional policy;
- addresses the writing and publication of an article in an appropriate journal; and
- focuses on data publication and reuse, with the goal of assigning credit and attribution to those involved.
Librarians can use the research lifecycle to plan services in data sharing or data management planning for their specific patron-base. The lifecycle is a helpful indicator of the processes that a researcher takes when carrying out a study.