Education Courses Workshop Literature review for your PhD: how to search and where to publish?

About this course

How do you get an objective overview of research literature, and how do you stay up-to-date? Or can you use tips to find suitable journals to publish in or to avoid predatory journals? read more

About this course

The Radboud University Library organizes this course.

During your PhD you are expected to keep an overview of relevant scientific literature, whether for background information, a first thesis chapter or review. Although the aims and scope in these situations differ, a systematic literature search will provide you with an optimal basis even if you are not conducting a systematic review.
In addition, you will learn about the opportunities and pitfalls in selecting a journal for publication and the advantages of a researcher profile. 

  • Prior knowledge: at least PubMed Basics level or intermediate to advanced search skills
  • Content: you will be working on your own topic and issues such as
    • How to adjust your research question to a search question
    • How to select databases and other sources
    • How to perform and optimize a systematic literature search
    • How to keep track of recent literature and create alerts
    • How to select a journal for publication
    • What are the advantages of publishing in Open Access
    • Which scientific metrics and tools may help increase your visibility as a researcher
  • Learning goals: After completion of the course the particpants should be
    • able to make a head start with an overview of existing research literature
    • more effective in finding literature due to improved search skills
    • more efficient in journal selection and in evaluating research impact including Open Access
  • Duration: 2 sessions of 2 hours


You can register for this course on the site of the Radboud University. register

In short

  • PhD students.

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