This 2 days course is aimed at doctoral students and researchers in the health sciences. The course gives you skills and knowledge within a wide range of relevant areas useful during your PhD.

The course will cover these essentials areas:

  • Health scientific literature searching, evaluating and organising information – How to use tools like PICO to formulate structured search queries for use in bibliographic databases such as PubMed and EMBASE. How to choose the right database for your research question. Training in PubMed and Embase using structured queries with the MeSH and EMTREE tools.  How to document literature searches and create a protocol in accordance with the PRISMA statement. How reference management tools can facilitate the process of organizing search results
  • Research evaluation – What research evaluation entails. Citations and h-index as measures for evaluating research. How to use the most central databases in research evaluation for your subject
  • Publication strategy - How to increase publications’ visibility and searchability in databases through well-informed choices regarding an article’s key features (titles, keywords and abstracts) and choice of publication channel such as BFI and other relevant impact measures. How to use relevant tools and websites for choosing where to publish
  • Research visibility, networking and profiling - How to register research in VBN, knowledge and use of researcher identifiers, scholarly networks and Open Access
  • Research ethics and copyright for researchers is also a part of the course.

The course is a “toolbox for research”-course with a mix of presentations and hands-on exercises, either working on your own focusing on your own PhD-project or in small groups with a shared focus.

Preparation before the course: Some reading previous to the course should be expected.

Exercises: There will be both class exercises and home exercises. The home exercises are introduced during the course. You are required to finish the home exercises at home and return them by a specific date.

Accommodation: There will be coffee and tea during the day. However, you will have to bring your own lunch. Alternatively, you have to go to the canteen at Fibigerstræde 15. It is approximately a 10 minutes’ walk.

Course language: English

Important: Remember to bring your computer

Organizer:  Conni Skrubbeltrang, librarian, M.Li.Sc. e-mail: and Louise Thomsen, librarian, M.Li.Sc e-mail: 

Lecturers: Conni Skrubbeltrang, librarian, M.Li.Sc. e-mail:, Louise Thomsen, librarian, M.Li.Sc e-mail:, Sabine Dreier and Pernille Gaardsted


Time 4th and 5th of October 2018

Place: Aalborg University Library, Langagervej 2, room Darwin

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Deadline: 13th of September