European / International Joint Ph.D. in
Social Representation and Communication



In the So.Re.Com. THEmatic NETwork plan, outputs are categorised in three blocks according to  the main goals of the multi-media tools and project products. These are more clearly indicated in the detailed work plan which includes, for example, intensive seminars such as the International Summer Schools  that will evaluate the tools and project products and where end users (both professors and research trainees) will provide feedback.  Due to space limitations, the list found below is more synthetic.

The “green” and “pink” sections of the below chart , the outputs are oriented toward:

  • On-line Scientific DOCUMENTATION (outputs 3, 4, 5, 6).
  • Improving EVALUATION and DISSEMINATION of PROJECT PRODUCTS and research through virtual campus and face to face interaction during International scientific events (outputs 1, 2, 7).

In the “turquoise” section are found the Multi-media tools which will be adopted or created for both European PhD training purposes and  SO.RE.COM. THEmatic NETwork Management.

N.B.  All outputs are English based. However, thanks to the contribution of the SO.RE.COM. THEmatic NETwork, the  European PhD on S.R. & C. web site will be developed into a Portal for entire discipline making multi-language scientific production from all of Europe and the other continents accessible in the comprehensive bibliographic inventory and the Intelligent Virtual Library.


Output 1

Production and distribution of European Doctoral Programme Management Best Practice Guidelines available both in booklet form and on streaming video via the Web.  It will cover the first decade of the European PhD on S.R. & C.'s  institutional history, illustrating its goals, thematic areas, didactic tools and resources, tutoring and co-tutoring systems and instruments, scientific, technical and administrative infrastructure, guidelines for recognition, validation and accreditation (level + 3).  It will include data on research-oriented teaching facilities at European universities and reports on ''distance learning'' offers/demand/accreditation/classification in co-operation with a large number of other Universities and professional organizations in all  European member countries.  It will also contain a report on preparatory curricula in Social Psychology and Communication (Masters: level + 2), adopting the Tuning approach to the harmonisation of  curricula as a pre-requisite for admission to the Euro PhD on S.R. & C.


Output  2

Installation of the Virtual campus S.R. & C. scientific community on-line data base, an organised contact list of members’ addresses structured country by country, including relevant contact information for members at various levels of expertise linked to publications, conference presentations and dissertations included in the complete bibliographic inventory in the e-library in PDF format. (This includes senior researchers as well research trainees, masters and doctoral students, professional experts both within and outside of academic circles including affiliation by institution and discipline). The online campus S.R. & C. scientific community will be the target for the integrated ''virtual laboratory'' demonstrator with internet conferences and web-auditorium created, designed and developed by the coordinator of the SO.RE.Com Thematic NETwork in co-operation with Marratech and other specialised research centres and laboratories for e-learning.


Output 3

A comprehensive bibliographical inventory of the literature (journal and conference papers, books, special issues, doctoral and master theses, unpublished reports) on S.R. and C. and its related paradigms. It can be searched via all traditional bibliographic information. This fully bibliographic inventory in the specialized multidisciplinary field of Social Representations and Communication - designed by the coordinator of the SO.RE.Com Thematic NETwork - is aimed at acquiring the complete database of the literature on Social Representations and Communication. The co-operative scientific enterprise implemented via the So.Re.Com. THEmatic NETwork will contribute to continuously enriching the on-line database, which will receive input not only from young researcher trainees enrolled in the programme, but the whole scientific community, who will contribute with new entries referring to the new articles published by each author disseminating knowledge and acquiring visibility It will be periodically updated after a double quality control filter and validated by an authoritative source under responsibility of the designer and producer of the inventory. Once the comprehensive bibliographical inventory will be protected by the copyright and intellectual property of his creator, designer and developer recognised, modalities to be consulted (upon registration fee using a password) by professors, researchers, or students working on Social Representations and Communication will be examined and implemented. Using a standard Web browser, researchers and interest groups with just a single search may access a systematically organized multidisciplinary fields of investigations in social science inspired by the theory of Social Representations and Communication.  The results will be presented immediately in a well-structured format, providing access to quality information, independent of time or location. The system will thus grow with the scientific community's demands and contributions, moving from the restricted use of the European network on S.R. & C.  to hundreds of thousands of users and knowledge producers all around the world under the guiding leadership of  European scientists.


Output 4 

A meta-analysed inventory of S.R. literature (both theoretical and empirical) will be based on a co-operative research program designed by the coordinator of the SO.RE.Com Thematic NETwork - created, designed and developed by the coordinator of the SO.RE.Com Thematic NETwork. In order to develop this work in a co-operative mode and to disseminate this immensely rich knowledge base in social sciences world-wide,- once the meta-analysed inventory will be protected by the copyright and intellectual property of his creator, designer and developer recognised - modalities to have access not only to the fully inventory, but also the meta-analyzed corpus will be will be examined and implemented  to exten  iits consultaiton to the whole scientific community upon registration fee.

The meta-analysis of the literature designed to ODL system will be organized at two levels of different complexity:

  • the first is geared to review the literature at a purely descriptive level using a traditional bibliographic approach (i.e. the kind of information related to authors and their institution, country, year of publication, journal or book, publication language, and the paper type (theoretical, empirical), commonly used to develop a type of epidemiology of knowledge diffusion and its development over time and cultural context;
  • the second - more specifically meta-theoretical level of analysis - will be related to the main paradigmatic areas specific to the S.R. Theory, its related constructs and its theoretical and methodological links with other social science theories and paradigms.


Output  5

An advanced search engine - created, designed and developed by the coordinator of the SO.RE.Com Thematic NETwork - hyper-linked with both above mentioned inventories. Along with traditional search keys, such as author, title, year or key words, journal or books, the e-library (output 6) is called "intelligent" as it will offer the possibility of using an Advanced Dynamic Search Engine hyper-linked with the meta-analysed corpus according to the full criteria of the meta-analysis grid.  For example, finding all articles which use the “anchoring” process when a publication wishes to investigate and deepen their knowledge or to assert (or deny) the importance of this process for SR Theory, or,  all  empirical research inspired by the Social Representation Theory related to the thematic areas “health” or “quality of life and environment”. Cross-search criteria preferences can be individualised for users' personal needs, enabling him/her to look at the literature even more efficiently. This cross-search function will add value for accurate and rapid research. Only through meaningful linkages and structured access to internal as well external data sources can isolated information become useful for users. A reference linking service for specialized on line databases will be installed on the dedicated web site, allowing users to start queries directly from the Intelligent Virtual Library on S.R. & C.  This would not only be in Psychology (APA PsycInfo and PsycARTICLES) but also in related fields such as the Link Information Service of the Springer Group, the Internet Database Service Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, the SilverLinker Database developed by SilverPlatterfor, the Web of Science ISI Citation Databases which also provides access to the Social Science Citation Index, Ovid OpenLinks, and key databases from the Gale Group concerning areas such as business, health, history, and computers.


Output  6

Development of an Intelligent Virtual Library - created, designed and developed by the coordinator of the So.Re.Com Thematic NETwork - allowing downloading of referred text-files in PDF-format, linked to the comprehensive bibliographical inventory and meta-analyzed corpus. Once the Intelligent Virtual Library will be protected by the copyright and intellectual property of his creator, designer and developer recognised - modalities to have access to it will be examined and implemented  to open its consultaiton to the whole scientific community upon registration fee.

When already available in electronic format, articles published in the specialised e-journal Papers on Social Representations, will be directly linked to the Intelligent Virtual Library on S.R. & C.  When not available, a digitalised downloadable version of the scientific materials will be produced in PDF-format, with prior permission from  authors and publishers. The digitalisation of this scientific corpus is of special interest not only because of its multi-language and multi-disciplinary nature but also because most contributions published in the first two decades  are no longer commercially available.

All bibliographic materials available exclusively in electronic format linked to the Intelligent Virtual Library will be citable with the Digital Object identifier (DOI), a unique and consistent identification code linked to the article’s URL. The publication date of an electronic paper is the date the paper is made available on-line.  Because of its open and intuitive architecture,  the Intelligent Virtual Library will be geared for user-friendly access, making the most important file multi-media formats and plug-ins needed to view with the users’ browser directly available on the dedicated web site at the specific tutorial address. These include .pdf Pdf Viewer (Adobe Acrobat Reader®); .ps (Postscript Viewer Ghostview®); (Quicktime Player®); mpg MPEG Player (InterVU®). Access will be possible simply via user-ID/password or via IP-address control. If the user is using a proxy server, he/she will be asked to provide the IP-address of this proxy. Access will be possible from any computer, at work, at home or when travelling, from multiple platforms including Apple Macintosh, Unix and Microsoft Windows.

Users will be allowed to printout  scientific materials (only with authors and publishers permission where applicable). Otherwise, it will only be possible to read the text on the screen or to download it, but not print it.


Output 7

Along with already planned scientific meetings where senior and young researchers belonging to the European PhD Programme and Marie Curie, Socrates and Vinci Networks meet on a regular basis (International Summer Schools, advanced seminars, audio and video-conferences, etc.), a Euro International Conference in a face-to-face context to present to all the academic institutions, scientific and professional associations, and commercial enterprises participant in the So.Re.Com. Thematic NETwork the tools developed over the course of the three-year project and to plan further co-operation and expansion. Some of the participants in this event will be from the target audience who  will also  attend the concurrent and integrated event  of the 12 Edition of the European Ph.D. on S.R. & C.  International Summer Schools.


Output target Groups

Output 1 - Teaching staff, Administrative, Scientific and top-level representatives of European academic institutions interested in developing a joint European PhD and the harmonisation of Master's curricula in social sciences. European associations of doctoral students in any discipline, like EuroDOC and Marie Curie Fellows Assocation, European and national professional organisations like the European Federation of Psychologist’s Associations and Ordine degli Psicologi Italiani (Italian Psychology Certification Board).

Output 2, 3, 6  - The potential members of the International Association on Social Representations, the European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations (EFPSA), the European Federation of Psychologist’s Associations (EFPA); the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (E.A.E.S.P.), EU and non-EU citizen researchers, masters and PhD students in Social Psychology, Communication Studies, Sociology and other social sciences, affiliates of international scientific associations in Social Psychology and Communication Studies; EU social policy makers, private sector institutions, special needs researchers.

Output 4, 5 – The specialised scientific community of experts and research trainees enrolled in the Euro PhD on  S.R. & C,  other active partners from Socrates and Vinci networks, the expanded scientific community from eligible and non eligible countries in and outside Europe linked via the So.Re.Com. THEmatic NETwork.

Output 7 - Participants in this event will be from the target audience of the previous outputs and will be asked to provide long-term dissemination. In accordance with the wider co-operative scenario foreseen by the So.Re.Com. THEmatic NETwork, these will include not only the European PhD, Marie Curie, Socrates, Leonardo and Vinci networks, but also users outside academic circles, such as professional organisations, enterprises specialised in ICT, e-learning and online publishing, governmental institutions and foundations.