Timely publication of research results is the primary means by which a university accomplishes its educational mission to disseminate knowledge throughout the world. Publishing in highly respected publication venues is essential to the career advancement of the research team’s professors, research staff and students.
To ensure that a sponsor’s confidential information is not inadvertently disclosed—and to prevent premature disclosure of patentable information that could damage patent rights—MIT allows sponsors 30 days to review research publications before they are published (with a limited extension allowed if necessary to file patent applications).
Peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations are important publication venues. Increasingly, they require authors to identify the source of research funding and other support in all papers. For this reason, in most academic publications, MIT must be able to identify and acknowledge a research sponsor’s support.