Resources for researchers during the corona pandemic

Keeping research going during these challenging times is not easy. For example, libraries are closed so access to scholarly publications might be limited (e.g. at Ghent University the scanning service is also closed). Also, what to do about that funding deadline? Are you still able to engage with human participants?

We pick up tips and resources via our Twitter channel @ResearchUGent - mention us so we can add yours!

For the latest guidelines at Ghent University, check the Corona webpage.

Access to (text)books and other scholarly outputCorona Boekentoren

News from funders

Adapting research methods

  • Managing research risks (such as a pandemic) > blogpost by @ThomsonPat
  • Remote supervision > blogpost by @miguelnacenta
  • Creative methods for fieldwork: Open Google Doc (by @DALupton)
  • Free webinars on research skills from Academic Consulting > website
  • Crisis research, fast and slow > blogpost on The 100% CI
  • Joint Statement on COVID-19: Ethical Considerations from a Global  Perspective (UNESCO International Bioethics Committee & World Commission on  the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology)
  • Why you should ignore all that coronavirus-inspired productivity pressure (blogpost by @ProfAishaAhmad)
  • Studies on using online platforms for qualitative (compiled by @DrAdamJowett) (* remark on the use of Zoom):
    • Conducting interviews via Skype (or Zoom, FaceTime etc) Lo Iacono, V., Symonds, P., & Brown, D. H. (2016).
    • Skype as a tool for qualitative research interviews. Sociological Research Online, 21(2), 1-15.
    • Instant messaging interviews: Jowett, A., Peel, E., & Shaw, R. (2011).
    • Online interviewing in psychology: Reflections on the process. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8(4), 354-369.
    • Analysing online forums: Jowett, A. (2015).
    • A case for using online discussion forums in critical psychological research. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(3), 287-297. 
    • Using Zoom Videoconferencing for Qualitative Data Collection: perceptions and experiences of researchers and participants. International Journal of Qualitative Methods Volume 18, 1-8 (2019)

PhD defense and other presentations

  • FAQ by Doctoral Schools Ghent University
  • Twitter: #VirtualDefense
  • the #Covid19ThesisDefense Google Calendar and other cool stuff for joining your doctoral peers in online thesis defense
  • With many meetings and conferences cancelled in response to #COVID19, eLife is hosting a series of online talks where early career researchers can present their research remotely > website
  •  OSF Meetings is an easy way to share research content related to an event/conference/meeting. Researchers who share materials can add supplementary data, code, preprints, or other material alongside their poster or slides. Ghent University researchers can log in with their UGent account. > website
  • Taking Your Conference Online (article in Inside HigherEd)
  • Canceled presentation or conference:

(Science) Communication

Staying sane and taking care of yourself (and others)

Communities to join

      • @JongeAcademie startte alvast een crowdsourcing rond telewerk #JAtelewerk en creëerde een virtuele werkruimte op slack. Alle expertise welkom, info op 
      • @henrifdrake has created a Slack workspace for early career researchers working on climate issues
      • Sedimentologists Online
      • @PhD-virtualnotviral: Twitterfeed by @anujacabraal and @thomsonpat that offers links and resources for PhDs caught in the pandemic. They also host a weekly chat #virtualnotviral > website
      • The Thriving Researcher online meet-ups
      • Global consortium for mental health hosts #COVIDCafes on Twitter

Discipline specific resources

A bit of everything


(*) Recently reports have been circulating about issues with Zoom (esp. privacy). So if you need to use Zoom, do so with caution. Ghent University ICT services support the use of MS Teams, Bongo Virtual Classroom, and Starleaf. Belnet offers