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Reference management, writing, evaluation, cooperation

Reference management

We support the reference management software EndNote with free download for faculty members and support via tutorials, courses, consulting.

Other software programs such as Citavi, Zotero, Mendeley or F1000-Workspace can of course be used as well. The Heidelberg University Library offers information and partly training courses on the first three software programs mentioned above.

citation and copyright

On our citation page, you will find brief notes on citation styles for doctoral theses and plagiarism detection as well as related links.

The University's Copyright page (in German) provides information on the use of copyrighted works for teaching and research.

Writing and publishing

Writing:

We give advice on the word processing software MS Word (plus information on alternatives).

Reporting Guidelines for research reports:

The PRISMA Statement provides recommendations for reports of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs).

The CONSORT statement makes recommendations for writing about a randomized trial using primarily a 25-point checklist and flow chart.

Further reporting guidelines are described at the website of Cochrane Germany (partly in German).

Publishing:

Prior to publication, a suitable journal can be selected via a journal ranking database. A checklist for the selection of a trustworthy journal is offered by Think. Check. Submit.

Via PROSPERO you may prospectively register systematic reviews (protocol) and search in the existing entries.

You find information about the University’s Open Access Publication Fund and author discounts for OA journals at  Heidelberg University Library: https://www.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/Englisch/service/openaccess/publikationsfonds.html  and  https://www.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/Englisch/service/openaccess/publikationsfonds.html#autorenrabatte.
A note on OA publishing with Wiley can be found on our journals page.

open-access.net provides a good overview of OA in the life sciences and lists (a selection) both publishers offering purely OA journals and OA platforms such as f1000 Research.

Read, evaluate

CASP Checklists  are 8 "critical appraisal tools … designed to be used when reading research, these include tools for Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule."

Cochrane Germany offers a good introduction to literature evaluation, including manuals and workshop notes, at http://www.cochrane.de/de/literaturbewertung (in German).

Cooperate

ReseachGate is a well-known platform for cooperation among scientists: you can create a comprehensive profile, track your own attention within RG via certain metrics (Stats), get informed about new publications (Research Interests), network with scientists (Following), and use a question-answer forum (Questions).


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