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The new series of lectures starts on Thursday, November 24, 2022; further dates will follow.


Searching, Evaluating and Publishing Academic Literature

Step by step in 6 units (50 min.). You can register for individual units or book the whole package.


1. Worldwide Search for Academic Theses

Have similar theses already been published on my research topic? Where can I network with other PhD Students?

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022, at 13.30

2. Academic Networking Sites, Profile Platforms and Academic Search Engines

Which academic networking sites can be useful for me as a scientist? Which profile platforms exist and how can they be useful for my professional career? Which scientific search engines are the best?

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 13.30

3. Interdisciplinary, Subject-specific Databases and Citation Indices

Which interdisciplinary and subject-specific databases can be used for the literature search on my topic? Which tools do these databases offer? Which databases can I use as citation indices in addition to the literature search?

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 13.30

4. Evaluating of Scientific Information, Predatory Journals and Journal Rankings

How do I evaluate my search results? How can I recognize predatory journals? How do they differ from hijacked journals? How do I verify journals? Which journal rankings direct me towards high-quality journals?

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 13.30


5. Research Data Management

Why should junior scientists today care about the theory behind research data? What do my research data look like and what does the research data infrastructure in my field look like? Where can I find tools and trainings for research data management? What services does the University Library offer for my research data? What repositories can I use for storage and/or search of research data?


6. Open Access Publishing

What is Open Access? What are the advantages of Open Access publishing? What does hybrid, gold and green mean? What agreements and funding programmes exist at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich?