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IMR Academy dialogue: Guidelines for a paper-based dissertation

Tuesday 28 March 2023Add to my calendar
12:15 to
EOS 01.110

Both PhD candidates and all supervisors are cordially invited to a discussion meeting on the guidelines for a paper- based dissertation. We will share our thoughts on the required number of papers for such a dissertation and discuss guidelines for (co-)authorship. This dialogue is organized by the IMR Academy, the PhD Council, and the Doctoral School.


Guidelines on the required number of papers for a paper-based dissertation

No clear consensus seems to exist on the number of required papers for a paper-based dissertation, which can lead to overly high expectations in this regard. This, in turn, can lead to high workload and stress with PhD’s. The Doctoral School takes the position that, in principle, 3 papers generally suffice for a paper-based dissertation. This dialogue aims to exchange ideas on this topic and explore what the guidelines for this could be.

Guidelines on (co-)authorship

Text Box 1 below describes the current guidelines on paper (co-)authorship. However, it seems that

more explicit guidelines are desirable as this issue can be a matter of contention. Similarly, this discussion aims to exchange ideas and explore what the guidelines for (co-)authorship could be.

Text Box 1: Current IMR guidelines on the (co-)authorship of papers

Agreements on the (co-)authorship of papers
To avoid misunderstandings, it is important to document agreements on the (co-)authorship of papers at the start of the trajectory. This also pertains to the papers in a paper-based dissertation. In addition, it is important to mention the specific contributions of each author. Below, you can find an example of a text specifying author contribution.

Example Statement Author Contributions
All authors contributed to the study concept and design. Data collection was performed by [Author 1]. [Author 1] analysed and interpreted the data under the supervision of [Author 2] and [Author 3]. [Author 1] drafted the manuscript, and [Authors 2 and 3] provided critical revisions. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript for submission.

The event will be moderated by Tjidde Tempels, Assistent-Professor Political Science and former member of the Ethics Assessment Committee.

Lunch will be served!

You are all very welcome to this IMR Academy dialogue event

Mark Wiering, Daan van Bel and Kristina Lauche