Information searching and paper writing

Subject description


SEARCH TECHNIQUES: Efficient search strategy (search operators, search fields, database interfaces)

SPECIALIZED DATABASES: Bibliographic databases, dissertations databases

CITATION DATABASES: Web of Science, Scopus. Advanced search techniques, citation analytics (Quartiles and Impact Factor (IF) , JCR, SNIP, SJR, H-index). Selecting journal for article submission.

OTHER DATABASES: ISO standards,  statistical information (EuroStat).


Google Scholar and advanced search strategies, Web citation analytics.

SICRIS/COBISS/E-LIBRARIES: Slovenian research bibliography, document types and research evaluation by IF (SICRIS), Digital libraries of scholary e-books Slovenia



SCIENTIFIC LANGUAGE: Terminological resources (e-glossaries), Scientific acronyms and abbreviations, scientific style (emphasis on English language), self-assessment of writing using www tools.

REFERENCE MANAGERS: Personal bibliography, reference managers (e.g. Zotero, Mendeley).

PREPARING TEXTS FOR PUBLISHING: Scholary style (IMRAD). Formulating motivation, aims and limitations.  Structured abstract. Separate documents (Title page, Cover letter, Highlights).

ARTICLE SUBMISSION:  Manuscript submission and editorial managers. Peer-review procedures. Article archiving and repositories.

IDENTIFYING DECEPTIVE JOURNALS AND PUBLISHERS. Predatory and fake journals. Open Acssess publishing.

TIPS AND TRICKS: Text formatting and editing. Using templates/styles.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The course is aimed at students who have previously not attended information-related courses or wish to improve information competencies. The abilities acquired are interdisciplinary, practical and transferable to different research areas. The aim is the competent selection of specialist terminology, its application in search statements using advanced syntax in various information systems (e.g. citation databases and www) as well as the critical selection and evaluation of the documents thus found. The next step is the synthesis of the information into one's own scientifically structured paper and the final submission, taking into account peer-review requirements of editors and publishers. Students are familiarized with specific journal elements, editorial tools, etc.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, practicals in a computer laboratory, coursework assignments, individual consultations, individual student work

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

Students are able to define an information need and combine specific terms into a competent search strategy in different systems. In doin so, they understand the different levels of complexity in bibliographic and citation databases as well as in web search engines. They are able to evaluate work and distinguish between scientifically validated and non-validated (deceptive and predatory) practises. They are able to write a research paper and provide the elements according to the specific requirements of a journal (structured abstract, cover letter, highlights etc.). They learn about e-submission and editorial managers and understand peer review processes and principles of Open Access and archiving in repositories.

Basic sources and literature

Andrew Whitworth. (2019). Mapping Information Landscapes: New Methods for Exploring the Development and Teaching of Information Literacy. Facet Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78330-417-2.


Cals, J., & Kotz, D. (2021). Scientific writing and publishing in medicine and health sciences: A quick guide in English and German. De Gruyter. ISBN 978-1-4863-1144-4.


Cecile Badenhorst & Cally Guerin. (2015). Research Literacies and Writing Pedagogies for Masters and Doctoral Writers. Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-30433-8.


Haider, J., & Sundin, O. (2019). Invisible Search and Online Search Engines: The Ubiquity of Search in Everyday Life. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-429-44854-6.


Lövei, G. (2021). Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers: A Primer for the Non-English Speaker. Open Book Publishers. ISBN 978-1-80064-091-7


BARTOL, Tomaž. Iskanje informacij in priprava člankov : študijsko gradivo za študente interdisciplinarnega doktorskega študijskega programa Bioznanosti. Ljubljana: Biotehniška fakulteta, Oddelek za agronomijo, 2022. (dostop prek gesla) [COBISS.SI-ID 139221763]


Revijalni članki s področja, tekoča periodika, druga učna gradiva v e-obliki

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