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Course, academic year 2023/2024
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Academic writing - HD130
Title: Academic writing
Guaranteed by: Department of Labor Law and Social Security Law (22-KPP)
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
Points: 0
E-Credits: 0
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:12/0, colloquium [HS]
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course is intended for doctoral students only
course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
can be fulfilled in the future
Guarantor: prof. JUDr. Kristina Koldinská, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): prof. JUDr. Kristina Koldinská, Ph.D.
Annotation -
Last update: Mgr. Miroslav Sojka (15.09.2023)
After the course, PhD students will be able to:
1. decide whether they really want to write a dissertation and do research and whether they want to do it on a
specific topic. As a result, students will be more confident about what they want to achieve in their studies, how
and with whose help;
2. develop a detailed plan of what they want to do in their PhD project;
3. learn the basics of academic life and academic craft.
Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Mgr. Miroslav Sojka (15.09.2023)

1. Preparation for the seminars (reading articles and preparing draft documents).

2. Participation in every seminar.

3. Handing-in required short essays/documents after the end of the course.

Syllabus -
Last update: Mgr. Miroslav Sojka (15.09.2023)

The following topics will be covered:

  • Why are we asking research questions?
  • Research questions: How to choose and formulate one?
  • What to study within a PhD: A complex study of an institute or studying a single issue in detail?
  • How to look for previous studies and how to get access to it?
  • How to conduct a literature review
  • Referencing and citation management software
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • How to structure articles in social sciences
  • Writing effectively and interestingly
  • Revising papers
  • How to receive feedback?
  • Conferences: How to choose which ones to attend?
  • Czech and foreign journals: How to choose the proper one?
  • Journal Metrics. IF, AIS: OMG?
  • Review process: How to write a cover letter, response to the reviews and what to expect?
  • How to deal with a rejection
  • Publishing a book
  • What are benefits of open access for science and for society?
  • Open science taxonomy, Green / diamond / gold open access
  • Risks arising from predatory open access journals

Learning resources -
Last update: Mgr. Miroslav Sojka (15.09.2023)
Základní literatura:
1. Chemerinsky, W. (2009). Why Write? Michigan Law Review. 107(6), 881-894

2. Denney, A. S., & Tewksbury, R. (2013). How to write a literature review. Journal of criminal justice education. 24(2), 218-234.

3. Cochrane, J. H. (2005). Writing Tips for Ph.D. Students.

4. Carroll, M. W. (2006). The Movement for Open Access Law. Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 10, 741

Ostatní literatura:
1. Bhat, P. I. Idea and Methods of Legal Research. OUP

2. The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics. Nature. 2015, 520, 429-431

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