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Guide to the library: Doctoral students

As a doctoral student at Umeå University, you can get help from the library throughout your doctoral programme - from information searching and academic writing to publishing and managing research data. This guide will give you tips on using the library, links to our courses, and more information.

Courses and counselling for doctoral students

The library offers teaching and individual counselling throughout your doctoral programme. We can support you in developing your academic literacies such as:

  • streamlining and systematising your information search strategies
  • schedule and organise your work
  • develop your academic reading skills and take better notes
  • get started with your writing and improve your academic texts
  • manage your references
  • create interesting presentations of your research.

You can register for library courses, workshops, and seminars, and we can customise content for specific groups of doctoral students. It is also possible for you to attend drop-in sessions and lectures for students or to book individual counselling. The library also participates in several doctoral courses at different faculties.

Get the writing done in the library writing group

In Shut up and Write!, the library's writing group for doctoral students, we create routines and space for academic writing so that you can focus on getting the writing done. The group can also reduce the feeling of loneliness that is common during the writing process. Read more and register your interest here: Shut up and Write!

Find what you need in our collections

Our libraries provide access to many collections, both digital resources and physical materials. These include the latest scientific literature, unique archival and specialised collections, fiction, and much more. If you cannot find the material you are looking for in the library collections, you can request what you need for your research. We will purchase what you request or order it as an interlibrary loan.

Managing research data throughout the doctoral studies

You can find information and resources about research data on the library website. We offer personalised counselling on how to manage your data.

Set up a data management plan

As a doctoral student at Umeå University, you can easily create your data management plan with the tool DMPonline. DMPonline contains templates that fulfil several funders' expectations for data management plans. You can share the plan with your colleagues during the process.

Create a data management plan

DMPonline (Umeå University)

Describe and make your (meta)data available

Research data should be as open and accessible as possible, and it is important that your data are well described through metadata. A metadata description makes your data searchable even if the data cannot be openly accessible.

The library can help you find the right platform to describe your data and, if possible, make them openly accessible. Umeå University is a member of the consortium Swedish National Data Service (SND) and works primarily with the SND data catalogue.

Share and publish data

Describe research data in the SND catalogue

The publishing process - advice and help

You can turn to the library if you have questions about publishing, such as

  • choosing a publication channel
  • open access 
  • copyright
  • registration in the university's publication database DiVA.

Publish your research with open access

The research community is undergoing a transition to open science, and you are expected to publish your research results with open access. As a doctoral student at Umeå University, you can publish open access free of charge or at a lower cost in many significant journals thanks to the library's publishing agreement. In our search function, you can see if our agreements include a journal you want to publish in.

Publish with open access

Open access publishing agreements

Register your research in DiVA

As a doctoral student, you must register everything you publish at Umeå University in the publication database DiVA. You need to fill in your Umu-id for the registered publications to appear on your personal page on umu.se.

In DiVA, you can publish and long-term archive full texts to make your research more visible. Many publishers allow the accepted version of a publication to be available in a publication database.

Publishing in DiVA


Analysing research

The library carries out analyses of research and can help you if you have questions regarding, for example

  • bibliometrics (analysing scientific publications)
  • altmetrics (analysing the impact of research outside academia)
  • impact factor (a measure of the impact of publications).

Analysis and evaluation

When you start finalising your thesis

Once you have completed your thesis, it is time to make it publicly available through posting. Apply for your public defence first - the library will book a date for posting when your defence date is set.

In connection with your posting, you need to remember to

  • order the ISBN for your thesis
  • book a posting ceremony if you wish to have one
  • register and publish your thesis in the university's publication database DiVA.
  • submit three printed copies of your thesis to the library.

Find more tips in our other guides

In our guides for students, teachers and researchers, you can also find information of interest to doctoral students.

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Latest update: 2024-05-30