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Kickstart to academic life: Information management and publication process for social scientists

4.5 credits

About the course

Important dates and deadlines

Course period: 19 September - 30 September 2022

The application to this course is now closed. 


The objective of this course is to provide PhD candidates with generic knowledge (that is, knowledge that is not discipline-specific) about how to conduct one’s PhD studies when it comes to the two key domains of information management and publication processes. It is intended to give a kick-start to their PhD studies.

The course is not a course in methodology or theory of science. It is, instead, a course in the practicalities of research that lie outside of scientific methods but nevertheless structure the work of producing a PhD thesis. The course combines an introduction to the process of managing one’s need of information as a PhD student and an introduction to the process of managing the publication of one’s results.

Concerning the process of information management, the course introduces the PhD student to systematic literature searches combined with the use of reference management software (e.g. Endnote). Open Data, in the sense of open access to publications as well as to research data, will be introduced and discussed. The course also introduces evaluations and bibliometric tools, describing the rationale and roles of these tools in the publication process.

Concerning the process of publishing one’s results, the course features the differences between monographs and compilation theses, and provides grounds for the PhD student to design a publication strategy adapted to any of these. A journal's editor view on the process of publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal gives the PhD students some valuable insights to the publication process. Other issues of great importance that the course will address are media contact and outreach. 

The course further introduces PhD students to plan their future career. As for the socialization in the academic community, the course will address some legal implications of becoming a PhD student and also discuss academic freedom and scholarly independence. The course will further emphasize the importance of the socio psychological environments of the PhD process.

The course is meant to be taken early in the program of PhD studies, preferably no later than the first year.

Course information

Course coordinator
Ted Svensson

Course administrator
Frank Schreier

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Course syllabus (PDF 100 kB)
Reading list (PDF 86 kB)

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