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The ten most frequently asked questions:

Can I re-use text in my doctoral thesis by paraphrasing from one of my own articles?
Paraphrasing, in the sense that the author writes about parts of a previous published text is permitted provided that a complete and accurate reference is given to the source. If it concerns a short piece of text, insert the text as a quote and clearly state that the piece is a quotation and give a complete and accurate reference to the original source including DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
Can I publish a chapter from my dissertation as an article?
Yes, often the dissertation consists of different chapters of journal articles that have been or are about to be published. If you write the article after the dissertation is finished, they are considered to be two different publications and the chapter must often be reworked to fit the journal template. It is important that it is clear in the article that it is based on a thesis and that you refer correctly to this. The same applies if you want to create a journal article of your thesis
A figure/description/… is considered general knowledge in my subject area; can I use it without a reference?
If a concept is considered to be general knowledge, then it is okay to use it without giving a reference to a source. If you are re-using a figure that is widely used, use some care, since technically, someone still owns the copyright to the figure. For newer concepts it can be unclear as to what is “general knowledge” and so it is safer to reference the original source. Remember that an underlying concept of science is to acknowledge the previous work of others and just as you would like to be given credit for the work you have done, so would others. Hence the argument “this is a quickly developing field and what was discovered 2 years ago is now common knowledge” may be true, but as an excuse for avoiding giving acknowledgement to those that are due the credit, it is dubious.
Can I submit a conference publication as a journal article?
Yes, but you must specify that the work previously presented at a conference. The normal academic process is to first present your work at a conference and then publish the results in a journal. Publishers generally require extensive revisions of a conference document to publish it as a journal article.
Can I re-use materials from my licentiate in my dissertation?
At Linköping University it varies between the faculties. Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences allow the reuse of the licentiate thesis but not the Faculty of Medicine. Faculty of Philosophy has no formal rules about this and it may vary between the different subjects. Education allows re-use of the licentiate thesis, two articles and the compilation thesis. If the licentiate thesis is re-used it must be clearly indicated in the dissertation.
Can students copy or scan books?
Students may copy or scan digitally some parts of a book for private use. Books are protected by the Act on Copyright in Literary and Artistic Works – the Swedish Copyright Act (1960:729). Chapter 2, article 12 is about making copies for private use. Students are not allowed to copy material for using in assignments or reports. However, to cite short passages of text with appropriate reference, is allowed.

There is an agreement with Bonus Copyright Access “Bonus Copyright Access” (BCA) which give both students and teachers better opportunities to use and share copyright protected material for educational purposes. The material which is incorporated in the agreement is Swedish and foreign texts, images and musical notations. You can make digital and analogue copying. Copying means downloading, printing, scanning, photocopying, saving digitally or copy for use in presentations. You are not allowed to make copies of moving images and recorded works, for example radio and TV programs, computer programs etcetera. Then you will need permission.
The agreement allows students and teachers to copy under the 15/15 rule. The 15/15 rule means that you may copy or scan a maximum of 15 %, but no more than 15 pages. If the material is digital you are allowed to copy or scan up to 15 A4 pages.
Please note! You are not allowed to copy publisher-produced compulsory course literature but there are some exceptions. If only a minor section should be read, not more than 15 pages. Then copying is permitted under the 15/15 rule. You may also copy some sections for presentation slides (e.g. in PowerPoint), to a limited study group.
How does one reference figures when writing a report: what should one put in? The figure caption?
The exact formulation depends on the referencing system in use. Generally, one writes a normal reference in the figure caption.

Remember also that referencing may not be sufficient, depending on the copyright situation with the figure.

In Harvard

In your text: … which you can clearly see in Figure 5 (Hauge, Klepp & Laitala 2014, s. 23)….

In your reference list: Hauge, B., Klepp, I. & Laitala, K. (2014). Large? Clothing sizes and size labeling. Köpenhamn: Nordiska Ministerrådet. DOI: 10.6027/tn2009-503
Am I allowed to film a lecture?
How do I find my h-index?

When you want to know your h-index, you have to start by finding your publications in a citation database, i.e. Web of ScienceScopus or Google Scholar.

The h-index is usually different depending on what database you use. They cover different sources and the number of citations are not the same.

Web of Science

  1. Search for your name in the Author field (or search by your ORCID/ResearcherID):
    Web of Science search interface

  2. When your publications are listed, choose ”Create Citation Report”:

    Create citation report in Web of Science


  3. Citation Report gives you the h-index:
    H-index in Web of Science


  1. Search for your name in the Author field (or by your ORCID):

    Scopus search interface

  2. When your publications are listed, mark them and choose ”View Citation Overview”:

    View citation overview in Scopus

  3. Citation Overview gives you the h-index:

    H-index in Scopus

Google Scholar


There are two tools available for getting citation metrics based on Google Scholar-publications:


  1. < target="_blank" href="http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/citations.htm>Google Scholar Citations - you can create a profile (private or public) and add your publications, and then your citation metrics are computed and presented.

  2. Download Publish or Perish – a software programme that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain raw citations.  Search by Author’s name to see your metrics.


    H-index in Publish or Perish

As a teacher, can I download an e-book and send to my students?
No, you can not download an e-book and send it to students. Students and employees at Linköping University have access to more than 250 000 e-books and you read them in different ways. Some are available for downloading and some have to be read online. Some of them are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) and then the publisher decides how the e-book can be used.

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Last updated: 2014-11-06