The Author PhD Project
Frode Hegland






the literature review

The literature review allows the researcher to develop a deeper and more up-to-date understanding of their field.


The more efficient it is for the researcher to go though large amount of literature in order to determine what is pertinent and the more efficient it is for the researcher to really get to grips with the literature - the less mental energy will need to be spent on this part of the process - energy which will then be more available for the development of the thesis of the academic document later.



performing experiments

The researcher performs experiments to further advance the knowledge, recording the outcomes for use in the next steps:



generating the proposition

The author develops a thesis based on initial notions, the literature review and experiments. This is a mentally taxing part of the process where the author must really make an effort to understand beyond initial pre-conceptions in order to generate new, useful insights, which will be the main contribution of the document being created.


This is the process my PhD project Liquid | View aims to be a part of improving.



writing & editing

This is where hands are on keyboard and mouse the document is being built.



collaboration & review

Collaboration with possible co-authors and reviews by peers, supervisors editors and so on.




The final part of the process is publishing the Academic Document as a useful literature review resource for others.


This part of the process lays the foundation for everyone's subsequent literature review where this document will be the object of study so every efficiency which can invested into the readability, clarity and credibility of the document at this stage will be paid back in multiples how many people read the document.


For the work done in the previous stages not to be lost in a ‘thinly’ published document, we need to improve how relevant rich meta-information and views developed during the development of the thesis can be included in the published document.


This is where the notion of a ‘Rich PDF’ comes in, which is a perspective this project supports.