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FLI3116 Scientific Publishing, Information Retrieval and Bibliometrics 3.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FLI3116 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

More specifically, on completion of the course, the student shall know the important paths which constitute scientific communication and how these can be utilized so as to improve the student's own publication strategies.

Intended learning outcomes

 On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

*describe the history and present state of the field of scientific communication.

*describe and critically analyze different models of scientific publishing from a subject - specific perspective

*explain and critically discuss basic bibliometric methods for evaluation and description of science

*explain and critically discuss different evaluation and ranking systems of science in the sciences

*describe the structure and indexing in scientific reference databases

*apply a number of important algorithms within information retrieval

*apply relevant tools for productive use of results, and

*employ established norms for references and citations.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The student should be admitted as a PhD-student at KTH. Exception can be made after mutual agreement. PhD-students at KTH have precedence.

Recommended prerequisites

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Current literature list is posted on the course's website before the course starts.

In addition, relevant literature will be added depending on the selected assignments.

Selected bibliography:

  • W Glänzel,”Bibliometrics as a research field: A course on theory and application of bibliometric indicators”, 2003
  • FredrikÅström m.fl., Celebrating scholarly communication studies : A Festschrift for Olle Persson at his 60th Birthday, 2009                  
  • Anne-Wil Harzing, The Publish or Perish Book                    
  • H. F. Moed, Citation analysis in research evaluation, Information science and knowledge management, 1568-1300 ; 9 (Dordrecht: Springer, 2005).
  • Manning m.fl, Introduction to Information Retrieval (Cambridge:CUP, 2008).

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Written assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

A pass mark requires a pass mark on XUPP 3.0 credits, which is manifested in satisfactory results on the following points:

1. active participation in all seminars with discussion and presentation of own and other people's work

2. satisfactory results in written and oral exercises

3. attendance at all mandatory sessions

Note: the assignments and written examination shall all be done individually by each student; group work is not allowed.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Göran Hamrin, ankn. 8951, Mikael Danielsson, ankn. 8957, Rosa Lönneborg,, Maria Unger,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences