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Supervised writing of your own article in a group is essential part of learning.

Requirements. Your own article must follow the form of a scientific article:

  • Topic: a limited area of and/or viewpoint to open source software development.
  • Structure: abstract, introduction, body sections (with relevant headings), conclusion, references.
  • Literature review: a synthesis of existing knowledge (thus, must contain own reasoning based on multiple references).
  • References: you must have references to scientific literature using the APA style (the same is used in Masters' theses).
  • Length: 4000-6000 words
    • Not counting the reference list.
  • Format: the formatting style is given as an example Google Docs document. Do not use some other template,  such as a thesis document.

The article is produced and delivered as a Google Docs document. If you have problems with that concept, contact course personnel.

Procedure and Schedule. Act according to the following procedure:

  • Phase 1: Initial Topic Deadline. By Sunday, September 22, 2019:
    1. Form your group.
    2. Choose a topic for your article. There are some topics offered to start with, but it is preferable to invent your own.
    3. Create a Google Docs document of which formatting follows the example article and share it publicly.
    4. Add your topic to the list of articles. Make it a link to your Google Docs document.
  • Phase 2: Research Plan Deadline. By Sunday, October 6, 2019:
    1. Search relevant references from scientific databases (exploit e.g. Google Scholar and Finna portal).
    2. Write an outline of your article well advance before the research plan supervision. The document must contain at least title, authors, structure (section titles), research question, and references (initial list with at least five scientific reference). It is preferred to have at least a condensed research plan in the introduction section.
    3. Book a research plan supervision time.
  • Phase 3: Article Checkpoint. By Sunday, October 27, 2019:
    1. Appear in the research plan supervision session (whole group).
    2. Write the article into your Google Docs document. It must contain at least 2500-3000 words before the checkpoint.
  • Phase 4: Article Deadline. By Sunday, November 10, 2019:
    1. Write the article into your Google Docs document. Make sure that you work as a group: the article must be a coherent one article instead of three separate pieces of text. It must contain at least 4000 words and be almost ready before the next article supervision.
    2. Fill your preferences related to seminar scheduling.
    3. Book an article supervision time.
  • Phase 5: Camera Ready Deadline. By Sunday, November 24, 2019:
    1. Appear in the article supervision session (whole group).
    2. Finalise your article. Again, reserve time to meet as a group and make your article coherent.
    3. Submit your article into the Urkund system. Select Arhippainen, Leena as a teacher. The course is [815657S]. Copy the contents of your article without the list of references into a file (Urkund supports multiple formats), and upload that.
    4. Generate a PDF version from the Google Docs document (File > Download as > PDF Document (.pdf)).
    5. Update the Own Article page to contain
      1. the final link to the Google Docs document used to generate the PDF
      2. the PDF version of your article, as well as
      3. the final title and the final order of authors (exactly the same as in the generated PDF).
  • Phase 6: Seminar Deadline. By Sunday, November 24, 2019:
    1.  Prepare a seminar presentation. If you are not presenting it in a seminar, prepare a video.
    2. Attach your presentation slides in PDF format or link to the video to the Seminar page.

Sharing. Make your article in the Google Docs accessible (read-only) for everyone:

  1. Click the Share button in the top right corner of the Google Docs document view.
  2. The appearing dialog shows that the document is Private. Choose Change... to make it public.
  3. In the Sharing settings dialog, select Public on the web and make sure that the Access for anyone is Can view.
  4. Save the settings.

Note! All authors must use their own accounts when they modify the article. Each authors' individual effort must be visible in the change logs of the article.

Evaluation. Each seminar article is evaluated as a whole meaning that each author will have the same grade. You are expected to produce a coherent article together as a team. If you have problems with your team and division of work during article preparation phase, contact course personnel as soon as possible to solve the situation. The following areas are considered when grading the article:

  • Novelty: Selection of the topic. Ability to provide synthesis of the existing knowledge. Complexity of the research topic.

  • Coverage: Sufficiency of the referenced literature. Usage of relevant scientific articles.

  • Analysis: Synthesis instead of a summary. Clear goal. Stays on topic. Provides results based on literature.

  • Structure: Division of chapters. Coherence. Contents of Abstract, Introduction and Conclusions.

  • Readability: Language and grammar. Style and formatting. Usage of figures and tables.

Plagiarism. There is zero tolerance for plagiarism in the course. Any suspicion will be treated according to the plagiarism guidelines of the university.

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