Scientific activity report
What should I include in my scientific activity report or curriculum vitae?
Your academic curriculum vitae or scientific "record", listing all your research-related activities and achievements, is the most important document for your further career in science. As a beginning PhD student, it will be used to check whether you are advancing well, and whether you are (still) entitled to a scholarship. As an experienced researcher, it will determine whether and where you are offered a PostDoc, professorship, tenured position, or project funding.
Therefore, it is worth investing a lot of effort into making your record as complete and convincing as possible. The most important part of your file are the publications, and particularly those that are peer-refereed and in high-impact journals. But most resesarchers have few or none of those. Therefore, it is worth listing all the other kinds of research-related achievements that are typically considered when establishing a scientist's credentials.
A good checklist is offered by the VUB when they specify the information that needs to accompany applications for academic promotion. I include the relevant section of the regulations (freely translated from Dutch):
1. The teaching file, which includes:
- courses taught
- supervision of PhD. or Master’s dissertations
- specific tasks related to teaching (development of textbooks and teaching materials, ...)
- participation in exchange programs (as supervisor, or co-contractor)
- assessment of your teaching by students and peers, complemented with personal observations
2. The research file, which includes:
- publications (with full bibliographic references), including the following categories:
- publications in scientific journals with referee system;
- publications in scientific journals without referee system;
- publications in conference proceedings with referee system;
- publications in conference proceedings without referee system;
- publications in book form (including parts of books);
- communications, i.e. verbal reports at conferences;
- reports and all other forms of publications;
- study visits of extended duration at home and abroad;
- organization of, and active participation in, scientific activities: conferences, seminars, symposia (including relevant information such as location, number of attendees, precise role or activity, ...);
- scientific awards and distinctions;
- inventions and discoveries;
- obtained patents;
- research management: number and amount of acquired research funding, size of the managed team (number of researchers, PhDs supervised, etc.);
- indicators of scientific recognition (citations, impact factors, etc.)
- membership of scientific associations
- functions in the editorial board of scientific journals
- invitations as guest lecturer or for cooperation with foreign research groups;
3. Contributions to the social impact of the university, which include:
- authoring of popularizing articles
- participation in debates, lectures and conferences
- contribution to other media activities
- participation and representation in external committees.
4. Partipation in the university organization:
- positions in the various university and faculty councils and committees.