Mandatory education: 20 hours of cross-disciplinary education to be chosen from among the courses offered by the School of Doctoral Studies.
Given that, from the academic year 2017-2018, by agreement of the Board of Directors, all new doctoral students will have to carry out a minimum of 20 hours on courses offered by the School of Doctoral Studies, and given the difficulties some doctoral students who live outside of Girona or outside the Spanish state may have in meeting this requirement, the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme in Humanities, Heritage and Cultural Studies has agreed that some of the training activities undertaken by doctoral students outside the programme offered by the School of Doctoral Studies at the UdG may be accepted for academic recognition.
In order to proceed to the recognition of these activities, it will be necessary to present the Academic Committee with a certificate of attendance, or equivalent, which clearly states the academic institutions that organised the activity and the duration in hours of said activity.
In order to ensure the Committee does not reject activities when the doctoral student is about to present their thesis, it is recommended that the student checks the suitability of the activities for which they wish to request recognition beforehand and not wait until the final stage of the doctoral degree before formalising this recognition.
Instructions for presenting doctoral theses as a compendium of publications
(approved by the Academic Committee of the doctoral programme in Humanities, Heritage and Cultural Studies on 12th February 2018)
The doctoral thesis can be a monograph or a compendium of accepted or published publications, the result of the research carried out by the doctoral student and of which he or she is the main author. (Regulation 2017, art 8.2.2)
All the publications that form part of the thesis must have been accepted or published after the student's initial enrolment on the doctoral programme and must belong to the same line of research. (Regulation 2017, art 8.2.2)
In the case of works accepted for publication, the DOI must be provided, if the article has already been assigned one, or, otherwise, the acceptance letter. (Format criteria regulations, 2017)
In the case of compendia of publications, the doctoral thesis has to include the objectives or the hypothesis of the work, an introductory chapter, a general discussion and some final conclusions. (Regulation 2017, art 8.2.2)
The compiled articles must have thematic unity and correspond to a single line of research. (Format criteria regulations, 2017)
The co-authors of the works shall state in writing their agreement to the work being used as part of the doctoral thesis and recognition of the student as a main author of the works published or accepted for publication. (Format criteria regulations, 2017)
In the event that the language is not Catalan, Spanish or English, the doctoral student will have to make this known to the Academic Committee of the doctoral programme. (Regulation 2017, art 8.2.3)
Specific rules for the doctoral programme in Humanities, Heritage and Cultural Studies
1. About the number and place of publication
Articles published in scientific and academic journals, as well as chapters of books that meet similar quality standards will be accepted.
All texts have to be original works of research. Reviews, the status of the research and texts of an informative nature will be specifically excluded.
If the thesis is presented for the option of international mention, one of the articles or chapters will have to be published in foreign journals or publications of international prestige.
The minimum quantity of text will depend on the place of publication
- Un mínim de tres articles en revistes científiques que reuneixin alguna de les següents condicions: (a) amb segell de la FECYT; (b) incloses en el Journal of Citation Reports, l’Art & Humanities Citation Index o el Social Sciences Citation Index de Thompson Reuters; (c) qualificades com INT en l’European Reference Index for Humanities (ERIH); (d) qualificades com A per CARHUS+; o (e) dins el primer o segon quartil de SJR (SCImago Journal & Country Rank)
- A minimum of four articles published in journals included in the aforementioned rankings or in the bases SCOPUS, IN-RECS, LATINDEX or in any others that the academic committee may take into consideration at the time.
- A minimum of four texts, in cases where some are chapters in a book, with a maximum of two publications in this format. The doctoral student will have to provide evidence of the quality of the book and/or publication in which it has been published.
At the time the thesis is submitted for review, the doctoral student will have to submit a written document that states the quality indices of the journals or books where each of the texts have been published or accepted for publication. For the journals, the student will have to indicate the ranking according to the different indicators (Journal of Citation Reports, SJR (SCImago), ERIH+, CARHUS+, ICDS of MIAR...)
They should specify if they have the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) stamp and they also need to state the bibliographical databases where it appears and the number of Latindex criteria it fulfils. To obtain information on these parameters it is recommended to use, as a starting point, the website of the Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals (MIAR). For chapters, the student should list any reviews the book has had and they should specify what the prior assessment process was and provide evidence of the quality of the publication and, where applicable, the collection. The should indicate the position or ranking of the publishing house according to the Scholarly Publishers Indicators (SPI), Publishers Scholar Metrics, Bipublishers and Book Publishers Library Metrics, and if it has the Academic Publishing Quality Stamp of the FECYT.
Doctoral students are reminded that the publication or acceptance for publication of works in journals or books is a prerequisite for presenting a thesis in the form of a compendium of publications, but this has no bearing on the appraisal that external reviewers and members of the tribunal may give of the value and quality of each of the articles or chapters, or on the coherence of the group of works as a whole.
2. About the thesis presentation format
An adaptation will be accepted, in keeping with the humanistic tradition, of the generic Regulations on format referring to theses in the form of a compendium of publications. In this regard, the thesis will have to have, as a minimum, an introductory chapter that sets out the objectives, the hypothesis and the methodology used, and that highlights the subject area that links and gives coherence to the publications that make up the thesis.
It is recommended that this introductory chapter also outlines the state of the question with regard to the subject matter addressed.
The central core of the thesis will comprise a (good quality) copy of the articles, indicating the complete reference of where they have been published or accepted.
The thesis will have to close with a chapter that sums up and discusses the main conclusions and results.
Additionally, the thesis may include any annexes considered appropriate.
3. About authorship
The director, where applicable, may appear as the co-author, provided the doctoral student appears as the first author of the work. None of the members of the tribunal can be a co-author of an article or chapter included in the doctoral thesis.
The articles that comprise the thesis may not be included as part of another thesis. Any co-authors of works included in a thesis who do not have a doctoral degree shall waive the right to submit them as part of their own thesis.
4. About the language
The articles or chapters should be presented in the same language in which they were published or accepted for publication.
The specific rules for the doctoral programme in Humanities, Heritage and Cultural Studies shall be applied to all theses presented in this format from the academic year 2019-2020.