PhD on Track is a web resource aimed primarily at PhD candidates and early career researchers. The aim is to enable beginning researchers to easily access information on searching and reviewing scholarly literature, on academic writing, and on sharing and publishing reports and data.
PhD on Track is divided into three main sections:
Search and Review In this section, basic principles and techniques for identifying literature and sources for your research are explained. The focus is on different types of issues related to reviewing literature, academic writing and workflow. Reference management systems are also suggested. By familiarizing yourself with available tools, techniques and methods for literature searching and referencing, you will enhance both the efficiency and quality of your workflow.
Share and Publish In this section, the publishing process is addressed. The steps involved in traditional manuscript submissions and peer-review processes are explained, as well as copyright issues. Making informed decisions about where and how to publish, including open access publishing, will increase the chances of getting your work published and disseminated. Information about the Cristin system is also found here, in addition to a discussion on citation impact.
Open Science In accordance with new national goals and guidelines for open access to research articles (2017), ‘gold’ and ‘green’ open access publishing is introduced and discussed. A step by step guide on how to archive your results at your institution is also found here. In connection with the new national strategy regarding access to and sharing of research data (2018), you will find information about research data in general, sensitive research data in particular, data management plans, and some remarks on research ethics. There is also some information about pre-registration.
When PhD on Track was launched on 23 May 2013, the selection of topics under each heading was based on findings from a study of PhD candidates’ interaction with information in research processes. PhD on Track and the study of PhD candidates’ interaction with information and literature were originally the products of a joint project involving the libraries of Oslo, Bergen and Aalborg universities, the NHH Library and the Bergen University College Library. The project received development funding from the National Library of Norway.
In 2016 the NTNU University Library and the library of UiT The Arctic University of Norway joined the project, while the library of Aalborg University left. PhD on Track was relaunched in a new version on 6 November 2018, with important updates regarding new national and international guidelines on open publishing and data management, and developments in open science. PhD on Track is now a Norwegian site that aims to be a national resource for PhD candidates.