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Academic skills – guide for researchers

If you want to learn more about scientific writing and publishing, collaborations, and open research, you can gain insight through PhD on Track, or join courses.

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The University Library offers a number of courses and workshops on various academic skills. Custom courses can be requested and tailored, and you may ask for individual support.

Literature searching, systematic reviewing, citing and referencing

These skills are essential in research, education and communication, and are formally required learning outcomes in the National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education. In connection with these requirements, the University Library offers courses and training. Typical topics are: 1. Finding relevant literature, 2. Evaluation and correct use of sources, 3. Citing and reference management, 4. Research and copyright. This includes topics relevant for the PhD education and further development of researchers as well as students. For more information on support and tailored courses, contact your library

Shut up and write! 

Online and in-person writing meetups where you get your writing done.

Develop your publishing strategy 

A publishing strategy encompasses the choices you make during the publication process as well as what you do post-publicationDuring publication this includes, for example, choosing the right journal and using the same terminology as your audience. After publication it might include updating your publication record, archiving your work, and communicating in social & traditional media. A good publishing strategy can increase the findability, accessibility and visibility of your work. 

Open science 

Open science is important for the development of knowledge, to ensure the integrity of research and to enhance the availability of research findings. Through increased collaboration on and reuse of data, methods and processes the research process can be made more efficient.  Access to underlying data and methods will make it easier to verify and reproduce scientific results and thus strengthen public trust in science. Researchers, institutions, governments, funders, businesses, and the public are all stakeholders in open science. 

PhD on Track.

The national website PhD on Track targets PhD candidates and young researchers from all academic fields. The main topics are the research process, communicating results, and Open Science: