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PhD skills

PhD day at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Join research support staff for a day of seminars on skills and tools for PhD candidates. We cover topics from surfing the publication tsunami to academic writing, data management and increasing your visibility.

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Corona update: Due to the current situation, this event will be held as an online seminar in Zoom - we still encourage everyone to sign up! 

PhD life is full of questions. In which journal should I publish? What are the pitfalls when writing? Do I need a data management plan? (Spoiler: Yes, you do!) Which data to include in one? How do I increase visibility of my work? How do I spot 'junk' or 'fake' science? Have I overlooked relevant literature?

This event, run by the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Library, aims to help PhD candidates with these questions. If you wish to attend, just sign up using the "Register here" link on the right of this page!

Schedule - April 21st 2020, 9:00 -16:00. Note: The schedule has been updated to adapt to an online meeting structure. Minor changes may still be made.

0900-0915Welcome from Anne Marit Blokus, Vice-Dean for Research, Doctoral education, Infrastructure and Innovation
Introduction to the day
0915-0930Library services and literature access
What can the library do for you, and how to access the literature you need
0930-1015What and how to search, read and cite (Hege Folkestad)
- Using efficient and time saving search techniques, make sure you find & cite:
- Original data, original quality controlled publications
- Representative publications (No cherry picking!)
- Relevant criticism and suggested fixes to your methods and analyses
- Relevant comparisons
- Most recent data (stay updated!)
 Break (1015-1030)
1030-1050Tips, tricks and pitfalls when using the most common databases (Ingunn Rødland)
Google Scholar and Web of Science
 Break (1050-1100)
1100-1130What you need to know about publishing your work (Kjersti Hasle Enerstvedt/Beate Krøvel Humberset)
- Copyright to own scientific work
- Open access and self-archiving in Cristin
 Break (1130-1145)

Open research data (Kjersti Hasle Enerstvedt/Beate Krøvel Humberset)
Why should you share your research data? How can you share research data in according to the FAIR principles?

 Lunch break (1215-1315)
1315-1320Introduction to UiBdoc - a non-profit interest organization for PhDs, postdocs and other temporary scientific staff at UiB.
1320-1500Writing a research paper - a survival guide (Bodil Holst)
Doing Science is difficult enough, but writing about it can feel even more difficult. This workshop will take you through some of the pitfalls and challenges of scientific paper writing. A talk, based on Bodil's book Scientific Paper Writing: A Survival Guide, will be followed by a practical workshop on writing abstracts.
 Break (1500-1515)
1515-1545Your visibility as a researcher: metrics, profiles and social media (Caroline Armitage/Marta Lorenz)
What you can do to make your work more visible? Which platforms should you engage with? This session focuses on understanding common metrics (such as the H-index) and navigating academic social media.
1545-1600Wrap up