Writing - Publishing
Whether you are working on a semester paper, project report, Bachelor thesis or specialist article, the ZHAW University Library will assist you with the writing and publishing process by supplying information and providing advice on suitable tools.
Choosing the right means of publication depends on a wide variety of factors, such as if the thematic focus fits the planned publication. A publisher's reputation and/or a journal's circulation is also a factor. With journals, indexing in the relevant specialist databases can be an important point.
Other criteria include publication costs, publication speed and author-friendliness. The website of the publication chosen should provide information for authors in a transparent manner, for example on editorial policies as well as the review process and its duration.
In the scientific competition, the publication output of the university is important. For the correct allocation of publications to the ZHAW, providing consistent and full affiliation information for publications by university members is essential. The following fact sheet outlines the correct affiliation information for the ZHAW, individual departments and institutes in scientific and non-scientific publications.
- Think. Check. Submit. checklist (Extensive list of criteria for evaluating a journal's trustworthiness)
- Video: Think. Check. Submit.
- Ulrichsweb (Database of journals, serials and newspapers and their refereed, OA and indexing status)
If you are looking for the widest possible reach for your publications, then your best choice is an OA publication.
The University Library helps ZHAW staff to publish their research results using various Open Access models. These forward-looking forms of communication ensure that scientific findings are freely available to a broad public.
Untrustworthy journals and publishers are appearing more and more often on the publication market. They publish manuscripts without any quality control and do not provide the level of service expected of a publisher. Please find an informative video on the subject of fake journals, predatory conferences and dubious publishers from the University Library in Graz (2021), as well as our helpful blog post listed below.
- Predatory journals, predatory conferences and untrustworthy publishers (video from the University Library in Graz (2021) - in German)
- University library blog article about untrustworthy publishers (in German)
Managing references, adding citations automatically and creating bibliographies – reference management software makes writing academic papers easier. You can, for example:
- Create your own collection of references
- Take over references from numerous search portals, databases and publisher's websites
- Include references as citations in a text
- Create bibliographies
The ZHAW University Library supports you in the use of Zotero. With Zotero you can save, organise and cite references from any type of source. You also have the possibility to work together in private or public groups.
Zotero is available free of charge and can be downloaded from the Zotero website. For ZHAW staff, Zotero is available via the Software Center. Please find helpful video tutorials on "Zotero Basics" and more on "Installing Zotero" on our "Reference management with Zotero" channel.
To work in groups and synchronise your library, you need to register at Zotero. Zotero offers 300 MB free file storage. As a ZHAW staff member, you have unlimited file storage when you register with your ZHAW email address.
Support from the University Library
You can find comprehensive information on Zotero in the University Library's Moodle course.
- Moodle course "Literaturverwaltung mit Zotero", including instructions and help forum (ZHAW login required)
- Zotero training courses at the University Library (in German - ZHAW login required)
- Video tutorials about Zotero on our channel "Reference management with Zotero" (in German)
Further reference management systems
The University Library recommends working with Zotero. The following links will inform you about other reference management systems.
- Comparison of reference management software (Wikipedia article)
- Extensive comparison of reference management software (June 2020 - in German) published by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) library
- Comparison of reference management software, an overview (July 2018 - in German) published by the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB)
Whether you are working on a semester paper, writing your thesis or writing up an experiment, citing sources correctly is essential in the academic world. This is because new knowledge is always based on existing, verified knowledge, and stating this allows you to demonstrate the foundation for your findings. This is simply good scientific practice; failing to cite sources is regarded as plagiarism. For further information, please consult the ZHAW fact sheet on avoiding plagiarism(PDF 187,3 KB).
Citing sources at the ZHAW
The ZHAW Schools have specific citation requirements with regard to citation practice in thesis writing and refer to different citation styles. An overview of the requirements can be found in the Self-Service Portal under "Citation guidelines at the ZHAW" (KI 3274, ZHAW login required).
The ZHAW offers access to Academic Writer, an online portal that helps you write and publish according to the APA standard.
Important: Academic Writer is not compatible with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge; therefore, it is suggested to use another browser to avoid any issues.
Detailed information: scientific integrity
Scientists and researchers provide guidelines on good scientific practice (scientific integrity) through their respective scientific organisations.
- Do you have questions about writing seminar papers, project work or Bachelor’s theses?
- Would you like feedback on your texts?
- Would you finally like to know how to correctly cite sources or how to structure a text?
- Or do you simply need a few helpful tips about writing?
Take advantage of our writing service and receive advice from writing experts. This free service from the ZHAW University Library Winterthur and the School of Applied Linguistics makes it easy to learn how to write for your studies.
Counselling at the ZHAW University Library Winterthur
- Open to ZHAW students from all schools and locations.
- One-on-one counselling and support for writing all types of texts related to your studies (e.g. seminar papers, project work and Bachelor’s theses) from experienced writing experts from the School of Applied Linguistics.
- From Tuesday, 1 November 2022, writing coaching will start again for all ZHAW students. The offer now takes place weekly, on Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. online.
- Appointments can be made via Moodle (with ZHAW login)
Writing Night 2023
More than 678 participants made the 6th ZHAW Writing Night an unforgettable experience.
It was a great event, we would like to thank everyone involved and all participants and look forward to the 7th ZHAW Writing Night next year.
The presentations for the individual inputs can be found on Moodle in the «6. ZHAW Schreibnacht 2023» course (with ZHAW login).
The ZHAW Writing Night is offered annually by the University Library in cooperation with the ILC Institute of Language Competence. The programme offers individual research and writing advice, a Zotero desk for your questions about the reference management programme, and many short inputs on creating and writing a thesis.
Blog posts about the event (in German):