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Open up your Academic Publishing Toolbox - a course for PhD students [SCIENCE/SUND]

Open up your Academic Publishing Toolbox - a course for PhD students [SCIENCE/SUND]

This course is a one-day workshop that takes place 21. September 2021 from 8:45 to 16:00 and participation for the whole day is required to receive ECTS credit.


Academic publishing is a cornerstone in any research career and the foundation for how universities and funders evaluate the researchers. This course will address the opportunities and challenges that you as PhD student might face in the process of publishing your research as journal articles (or monographs) and data publications. The aim of the course is to provide you with knowledge, skills and tools for publishing your research openly and responsibly while fulfilling the demands of your university, your funder and your research community.

The workshop sessions will cover:

  • Copyright in publishing
  • Creative Commons licenses
  • Open access publishing
  • Responsible metrics and evaluation of researchers
  • Research impact and evaluation
  • Management and optimization of researcher profiles
  • Data management and the FAIR principles  

You will also have the opportunity to put forward your questions and problems for discussion. Active participation and exchange of ideas is encouraged.

Learning objectives

After the course, you will be able to:

  • Plan your research and develop suitable publishing strategies together with your supervisor and colleagues
  • Apply your new knowledge to publish your research in a responsible way
  • Interpret terms and conditions from publishers
  • Choose appropriate and preferably open publishing models for your manuscripts and research data
  • Increase the visibility of your publications and research data
  • Use bibliometric indicators responsibly and strategically to make your research visible in applications for funding and research positions

Workshop format
This course consists of different workshop sessions. All sessions contain a combination of presentations, discussions, teaching cases and hands-on activities.

Preparation and workload
Completion of the course yields 1 ECTS equivalent to a total of 21 working hours, including preparation and homework assignments. In addition to participating in all workshop sessions, you are required to:

  • complete a digital survey with preparatory questions. You must fill out and submit the survey one week before start of the course in order to receive the ECTS credit. The survey takes about 1 hour to complete.
  • prepare for the course with several small assignments including mandatory and recommended reading of relevant literature. You will receive detailed information about the curriculum after registration. You should expect to spend up to 10 hours for preparation.
  • submit a homework assignment within 5 working days after course end. This assignment will take about 2,5 hours. Completion of the homework assignment is mandatory in order to receive the ECTS credit.
  • fill out an evaluation form within 5 working days after the course.

Target group
PhD students from SUND/SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. Academic staff (VIP) and PhD students from other universities are also welcome; however, 80% of the places on the course are reserved for PhD students from the University of Copenhagen.

Absalon - course administration, communication and all assignments 
Please note that you must enrol in the course in UCPH’s learning platform, Absalon, in order to participate. Here, you will also have the opportunity to discuss with your classmates and the teachers before and after the course.

All participants employed at the University of Copenhagen will receive an invitation for the course in Absalon to their KU mail and therefore please enrol for the course with your KU mail.  Please accept this invitation and log on with your regular credentials.

Participants who do not have UCPH credentials must create a profile for Absalon and sign up to the course under this link: https://absalon.instructure.com/register (click on “I’m a student” and use the join code that we will send you after registration)). Please add your preferred email address to your profile in Absalon in order to receive course notifications (and for password recovery if that should ever be necessary).

Course location
Panum - 13.1.83, Und.lokale – Mærsk


Course credit
You must participate in the all workshop sessions and complete the assignments for preparation and homework as described above in order to receive the ECTS credit.

Course certificates
You will receive the course certificate by mail after the end of the course and once you have completed the course evaluation and the homework assignment. You are required to forward the certificate to the PhD school at your faculty to receive credit. Some faculties/PhD schools require PhD students to use frontPlanner when allocating ECTS credits, so make sure how it works at your faculty/PhD school.

Course facilitator
Copenhagen University Library, Department for Research Support - phdcourses@kb.dk

Refreshments are provided. Please inform us one week before the course about dietary requirements.
Morning: Coffee, tea and croissants
Lunch: Sandwich
Afternoon: Coffee, tea and cake

Participation is free of charge but registration is binding. Cancellation must be received in writing and submitted to phdcourses@kb.dk no later than 7 days prior course start for the sake of logistic reasons and to avoid waste of food.

Last day for registration

Minimum attendance 
15 (not including the presenters). Notification of cancellation will be emailed one week prior course start.

8:45 - 16:00
Time Zone:
Central European Time (change)
Panum - 13.1.83 - undervisningslokale, Mærsk
SUND - Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet
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