Open up your Academic Publishing Toolbox - a course for PhD students (SSH)

Primary target group for this course: Humanities and Social Sciences (SSH)
This course is a one-day workshop that takes place on the 13th of October 2022 from 8:45 to 16:00. Participation for the whole day and completion of assignments is required to receive ECTS credit. In case of restrictions from the authorities, the course will be held online over two days - further information will follow if this happens.

Course description
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 a 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 requirements of your university, your funder and your research community.
The course 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:  

  • 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  

Course 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  maximum of 25 working hours, as agreed between the graduate schools. These hours include preparatory reading, homework assignments (described below) and participation in the entire workshop day.  

The assignments you are required to complete before the workshop and after the workshop as homework are: 

  • complete a digital survey with containing preparatory questions. You must fill in and submit the survey one week before the start of the course in order to receive the ECTS credit. The survey takes about 1 hour to complete and will be sent to the email you use to register for the course. Please use your KU email if you are affiliated with KU 

  • prepare for the course with several small assignments. You should expect to spend up to 10 hours on preparation before the course, including reading the curriculum and completing the required assignments. You will find detailed information about the course curriculum after registration in Absalon 

  • complete and submit a small homework assignment within 5 working days after course end. This assignment takes a maximum of3 hours to complete. Completion of the homework assignment is mandatory in order to receive the ECTS credit., The homework assignment will be introduced during the course 

  • fill out an evaluation form within 5 working days after the course.

Target group: Humanities and Social Sciences - SSH
This course is targeted PhD students at the University of Copenhagen and focuses on research related to social sciences, humanities, law and theology. 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 assignments
Please note that you have to log on to Absalon in order to participate in the course. Via the teaching-room in Absalon 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. Please accept this invitation and log on with your regular credentials.

Information for participants not affiliated to UCPH 
Participants who do not have UCPH credentials will receive login details to Absalon via email. 

Course location
Nørre Campus, Universitetsparken 2, Undervisningslokale 24, Bygning 21.4.410

Morning: Coffee, tea and croissants  
Lunch: Sandwich  
Afternoon: Coffee, tea and cake  
Course credit 
1 ECTS  

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