The purpose of this course is to give you skills to search, evaluate and organize the information you need as a researcher. The course will also focus on the important aspects when publishing your research results and having a publication strategy. In connection with the course you are going to work with your own PhD-research project, e.g. creating systematic searches and working with a publication strategy. It can be recommended to students starting their PhDs.

The course does not focus on methods for medical information searching and publishing. See the course Health Scientific Searching and Publishing here on Moodle if you want to focus on medical information searching and publishing.

Search strategies
Methods to search information following structured search strategies will be introduced - needed e.g. when doing a literature review. You learn to limit, evaluate and process your search results. The course is a “toolbox for research” course and you are going to work hands-on with search strategies for your own PhD-project in a workshop form.

Publication strategy
Impact, citations, and visibility in the scientific community are factors crucial for researchers to be aware of and be able to evaluate according to your own publication strategy. Different evaluation metrics such as journal impact and h-index will also be introduced as well as the databases where you find these metrics. The implications of the Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator will be presented and how it will affect you as a researcher at Aalborg University.

Preparation before the course
There is a reading list that you will find as a file attached to the Moodle description. Please read the articles. As preparation for the class exercises you are asked to skim an article that it also attatched to Moodle.

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

There will be coffee, tea and a breakfast roll in the morning. Lunch you have to bring yourself or go to the canteen at Fibigerstræde 15 to buy. There is approximately a 10 minutes’ walk to the canteen.

Remember to bring your computer.

Organizer: Bente Lope, librarian, M.L.I.Sc., email:

Lecturers: Bente Lope and Jana Rye


Date: 22 September 2015

Time: 8:30-15:30

Place: Aalborg University Library, Langagervej 2, 9220 Aalborg Ø, room Finsen

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 1 September, 2015

Enrollment: Open for enrollment 3 months before the course takes place

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 5,000 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 three 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.