This 3-day course provides the required skills and knowledge for the PhD students to start, do and publish their research effectively. During the course, the students will be introduced with different tools and software that could make their research related tasks easier to proceed. The students will learn how and where to find related references, how to read and categorize them, how to make notes, how to write using Latex, how to cite using different packages, how to write different parts of the paper, how to present it, how to find a proper journal and submit their work, and how promote their work after publications. The codes of ethics and professional ethics related to dissemination of research outputs will be discussed too. A problem based learning approach will be followed in the course and the students will prepare a mini-review paper on their topic and will present it. The contents that will be covered are as follows:

Contents covered:

  • Introduction to scientific databases
  • Introduction to different types of papers
  • Publication indexing systems
  • Plagiarism and detection methods
  • How to write different parts of papers
  • Editorial points for writing papers and thesis
  • Common mistakes in writing papers and thesis
  • Citation management tools
  • Latex for paper and thesis writing
  • Journal selection and paper submission process
  • Tips for effective presentation (conference and thesis)
  • Dissemination promotion
  • The followings will be done by students
  • Preparing mini-review paper
  • Presentation by students

This course is open for engineering and sciences students.

Learning objectives:
- To familiarize the students with different scientific databases and scientific indexes
- To equip the students with the tools that they will need in doing PhD research
- To familiarize the students with academic ethics in research publication
- To prepare the students for effective oral and written presentation

Teaching methods:
The teaching will include lectures and in-hand workshops. Each student or a team of students will be given a specific topic to implement the contents discussed during the course.

Criteria for assessment:
The assessment will be done based on the participation in the course and preparing and presentation (oral and written) of the projects.

Key literature:
The lecturers will provide power point files for each topic based on their experience in the field.
Katz, M. J. (2009). From research to manuscript: A guide to scientific writing. Springer Science & Business Media.

Organizer: Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam

Lecturers: Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam & Behnam Mohammadi-Ivatloo

ECTS: 3.0

Time: 21-23 November 2022

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 30 March 2021

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.