The process of communicating research is commonly referred to as 'scholarly communication'. It involves the sharing of research and creative work through various publication models.
In recent years, the traditional models of scholarly communication have become less economically and socially viable due to electronic license restrictions and the inflation in journal prices. As a result of this, HE libraries have developed research repositories and the open access publication has become more common. More information on Open Access is available here.
This editorial published in the journal Social Work Education is worth a read as it has some good tips on increasing the likelihood of getting published in peer-reviwed journals.