Section 3: Information Literacy and Scientific Communication

Last changed: 30 January 2014


To contribute to the development of high-level collaborative and international research by imparting information competence and scientific communication skills and knowledge.


  • Qualities of a good research article, critical and analytical reading
  • search strategies and search process
  • international and institutional online databases (e-journals, e-books), awareness of access conditions, Document Delivery Services, etc.
  • other resources (print and non-print)
  • social media, web tools for communication and collaboration
  • professional citing and quotation and reference management
  • scientific communication, open access, strategic publishing including bibliometrics

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the participants should have acquired life-long information skills and knowledge. Specifically they will be able to:

  • plan and perform literature searches
  • critically evaluate literature search results
  • Interpret the conditions and patterns of scientific publishing including the use and limitations of bibliometric tools and methods, copyright and intellectual property rights.
  • Apply web tools for communication and collaboration in academic work
  • use basic functions in a reference management software to  create a collection of references relevant to participants’ research topics



Mandatory course literature is specified in a separate literature list.