Take control of your PhD journey: From (p)reflection to publishing
Writing a PhD benefits from the acquisition of competencies outside of the specific study, e.g. being aware of current academic norms, knowing how to retrieve, manage and treat references, handling scientific research data, and being up-to-date about open access publication.
Take control of your PhD Journey is an annual seminar series designed for PhD students, coming from all fields of study. There is no previous knowledge required (The EndNote advanced seminar requires a basic knowledge of the software), but experience with the research process is highly recommended. Note that at present, the seminar series does not provide the participant with any ECTS points.
Content of the seminars
1. Academic integrity
Seminar on the issue of academic integrity and plagiarism in academia, where we look at selected cases of academic misconduct and, on a more general level, discuss why academia depends on being trusted by society. We also offer an introduction to the whys of sharing of scientific research data.
2. Searching for literature
Seminar on the issue of doing systematic literature searches and how to use scientific databases. Four different versions, all dependent on which discipline the student is researching: Humanities, Social sciences, Technology and Natural sciences, and Medicine and Health sciences. (At present, PhD students in law follow a separate course).
Seminar on the issue of managing referencing through EndNote. Two different versions, all dependent on previous knowledge: The introductory course focuses on the basic functionalities of EndNote, such as creating an EndNote library and entering references into a Word document. The course for advanced users focuses on aspects of EndNote facilitating sharing, organising and publishing references.
4. Open Access publishing
Seminar on the issue of open access (OA) publishing, focusing on its advantages, both for the researcher and for society. It guides the students through self-archiving, finding the right OA publisher and applying to the UiT Publication Fund. It also provides information on archiving and sharing research data, and disseminating research through scientific social media.
5. Research data
Seminar on the issue of research data, focusing on the whys and hows of creating a Data Management Plan, e.g. how to manage, describe, archive and share research data.
If attending all individual seminars, the PhD student will be expected to have obtained the following learning outcomes:
• Search scientific literature in relevant databases
• Use EndNote for citing references as well as organising them
• Search relevant Open Access publishers
• Manage research data according to best practice
• Find and use repositories for archiving manuscripts and research data
• Know and explain the whys for the transparency of science (textual publications and research data)
• Know and explain what is considered correct citation and plagiarism
• Know and explain why systematic literature search is important
• Know about advantages and disadvantages with open access
• Know and explain best practice for research data management
For more information and registration, go to tavla
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Take Control responsables
Helene N. Andreassen, PhD
Lene Østvand, PhD