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, evaluate, and treat sources, being up-to-date about open access publishing, and handling scientific research data according to best practice. Take control of your PhD Journey is an annual seminar series designed for PhD students in their first year, coming from all fields of study.
The seminar series is offered through a collaboration between the University Library, High North Academy and the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. It provides the participant with 2 ECTS points. For more details, application deadlines, requirements and assessment, go here.
Content of the seminars
The seminar series consists of five seminars, organized as interactive sessions combining theory, plenary discussions, group activities, and individual practice.
1. Academic integrity and the transparency of science
This seminar provides a basis for the entire seminar series. The aim is to understand the importance of academic integrity for the different stages of the research process and for science in general. With transparency as a guiding principle, the focus is on the whys and hows of using/creating sources correctly, both research papers and research data.
2. Literature search
This seminar focuses on doing systematic literature searches and how to use scientific databases in an efficient and effective way. It further gives an introduction to searching for existing research data. A large component of the seminar is to address the various purposes of literature searches.
Participants can choose between 3 seminars: i) Humanities and Social Sciences, ii) Medicine and Health Sciences, and iii) Technology and Natural Sciences.
3. Open Access publishing
This seminar discusses what open access means, advantages and disadvantages for academics, and how our choices as researchers affect both the scientific and the general community. It particularly emphasizes on open access as compared to publishing with traditional publishers. Participants further learn how to evaluate OA publication channels, and receive information about the UiT Publication Fund.
4. Research data management
This seminar is an introduction to best practices for research data management. This includes how to write a solid data management plan, how to structure, document, and preserve the data during the project, and, finally, how to archive and share the data in suitable repositories. Participants also receive information about the UiT institutional archive, UiT Open Research Data, as well as the UiT principles and guidelines for research data management, effective as of September 1st 2017
5. Reference management
This seminar introduces reference management and how reference management tools can be used in the various phases of the research process. The seminar will go in more detail into EndNote.
Part 1 is an introduction to EndNote, where focus lies on the basic functionalities of the software, such as creating an EndNote library and entering references into a Word document. Part 2 is an advanced course of EndNote, focusing on sharing, organizing and publishing references. Participants may participate in one or both parts.
- Explain correct use of sources in an academic publication and questionable research practices.
- Explain the purpose of literature search for the research process.
- Explain the purpose and advantages of open science, for research and society in general.
- Explain the main sections of a data management plan.
- Cite academic work, including published research data, in line with existing norms and conventions.
- Select and use scientific databases for advanced literature searches.
- Build advanced searches, using operators (AND, OR, NOT) and search history.
- Evaluate and select suitable publication channels for own research.
- Find and use repositories for archiving text (publications/manuscripts) and research data.
- Structure and document research data in line with good academic practice
- Carry out research with academic integrity.
- Disseminate academic work in line with current publication trends and requirements.
- Communicate with peers and the larger scholarly community about the concept of transparency of science.
- Use the research support services at the University Library.
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