A guide

 

to documentation on habilitation and professorship procedures at the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University in Brno,

in force from 01 February 2007

 

The application documentation has to be processed pursuant to the new Rector’s Guideline No. 14/06.

(www.muni.cz, link: Information for MU Staff - Legal Regulations - Other MU Internal Regulations;

extramural applicants may ask for a copy of the Guideline and relevant attachments by electronic post at the address: yjanosik@med.muni.cz)

 

 

 

The habilitation procedure is initiated by submission of the habilitation thesis to the Dean of the Faculty. The habilitation procedure involves a public lecture (preceding the defence) and a habilitation lecture with the defence of the thesis before the Scientific Board of the Faculty.

 

A habilitation thesis is understood to be:

(1) a written paper which brings new scientific knowledge, or

(2) a set of published scientific papers supplemented with a commentary, or

(3) a monograph issued in print, which brings new scientific knowledge.

The thesis is submitted in triplicate.

 

The following documents have further to be submitted for both habilitation and professorship procedures:

- the candidate’s curriculum vitae (also in electronic form), incl. birth certificate number and address of permanent residence - with original signature;

- a document confirming the obtainment of academic titles, scientific degrees, or of any other professional qualifications - all legally certified (by a notary public or a registrar);

- documents confirming pedagogical practice (its duration and course, a survey of regular teaching for the last five years, memberships in Boards for Final State and Advanced State (“rigorozni”) Examinations, Doctoral State Examinations, memberships in Boards for Doctoral Studies and Committees for Doctoral Study Programmes for the last five years).

 

1. Publication activity:

(also in electronic form)

 

The list of publications must be classified into the following categories. The citations must be complete. Here belong also the so-called Internet publications (e.g. Gastro Hep., and the like).

(A) Original articles:

(a) articles in full extent in journals excerpted in international databases (Medline, Excerpta Medica, Index Medicus, Scopus, and the like);

(b) articles in journals with impact factor;

(c) monographs (please indicate if it was peer-reviewed);

(d) review articles in excerpted journals with indication if the respective journal is impacted and if papers in such a journal are peer-reviewed.

(B) Excerpted abstracts.

(C) Scientific lectures (published as abstracts in the respective congress proceedings). Here belong significant contributions at conferences, where no book of abstracts was issued.

(D) Pedagogical publications: (a) – textbooks, (b) – university teaching texts, (c) – reviewed teaching texts in electronic form, (d) – scripts of instructional films and videos. Please give a list of textbooks and chapters in textbooks with direct participation of the candidate.

(E) Popular-science publications (purpose-made publications) and personalia. Here please include lectures held for the University of the Third Age, as well as lectures and articles in the mass media, and the like.

(F) Patents.

 

Please attach the author’s original signature at the end of each numbered list of publications.

 

Papers listed under (A) and (D) have to be submitted in full extent.

A full-extent article is a paper with the traditional structure (introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references) which was subjected to review in writing by independent reviewers prior to publication and is published in an excerpted journal.

The applicant for the habilitation procedure will provide, together with the material submitted, his or her five most important publications provided with a short commentary indicating what makes the publications important (ca. 1 page in extent). The results given in the habilitation thesis should be published previously and documented by offprints. Submission of a summary to the candidate’s CSc. dissertation or Ph.D. thesis is required.

The applicant for a professorship procedure will provide altogether eight most important articles, i.e., at least 3 articles since his or her defence of the habilitation thesis.

The professorship procedure is initiated basing on the candidate’s application supported by the opinions of at least two professors of the same or a related specialisation, or basing on a proposal submitted by the Rector of the University, the Dean of the Faculty, or the Scientific Board of the Faculty (pursuant to the Higher Education Act No. 111/98 of the Collection of Laws). The application indicating a particular specialisation is submitted to the Dean; instead of a habilitation thesis, the applicant will provide a set of his or her most important articles accompanied by further evidence as in the case of a habilitation procedure.

 

2. Active participation in:

(a) domestic conferences;

(b) international conferences organised in the Czech Republic;

(c) international conferences held abroad.

The applicant has to provide a list of presented communications, i.e. title of contribution, title, venue and date of the respective professional event.

 

3. Recognition by scientific community:

Memberships in scientific boards, editorial boards, committees of professional societies, honorary memberships of societies, memberships in professional commissions, “invited lectures”, co-ordination of congresses, memberships in scientific field boards of Grant Agencies, opponency procedures, appraisals given on university level, co-operation with other institutions in the Czech Republic or abroad, etc.

 

4. Citedness:

(also in electronic form)

A list of articles in domestic and foreign-language literature according to SCI, including monographs not covered by SCI, in which the applicant’s publications are cited – a numbered list and complete citations are to be provided (the citations used must not contain any of the authors of the article cited).

Please attach the author’s original signature after the last item in the list of citations.

 

5. A survey of professional practice:

The applicant has to provide evidence of the times and places of his/her work in the respective specialisation; for clinicians a prerequisite is work in a clinical institution, and certificates of professional qualifications (first- and second-degree medical certificates and/or specialist medical certificates).

 

6. Documents on academic pedagogical practice:

Data on the time and place of the applicant’s activity in the respective discipline (pregraduate, postgraduate, scientific education), including the extent and duration of pedagogical activity. A minimum of 3 years of registered teaching is required for the habilitation procedure; for the professorship procedure, a verifiable teaching load lasting for 3 years since the habilitation is required.

 

7. A survey of scientific research activity:

Data on the time and place of the defence of doctoral thesis (a CSc. degree or completed doctoral study – Ph.D. degree are required for the habilitation procedure; habilitation is required for the professorship procedure), final scientific research reports subjected to opponency, awarded and defended grants.

 

8. Opinion of head of the applicant’s institution:

Opinion of head of a department or clinic, or director of an institute of the Academy of Sciences, or dean of the faculty.

 

 

Habilitation procedure

 

ad 1.: At least 20 articles of category A in excerpted journals or in the form of chapters in monographs. In at least 10 of them the applicant must be first author. Out of these 10 articles, 3 have to be published in journals with indicated impact factor.

Alternatively, the applicant may publish 10 full-extent articles in journals excerpted in international databases (Excerpta Medica, Medline, Index Medicus, Scopus, and the like); however, at least one article of category (A)(b) is not replaceable in this way.

At least 3 articles of categories (D)(a), (D)(b), (D)(c), or (D)(d) are required.

 

ad 2.: At least 15 communications are required.

 

ad 4.: At least 10 citations in clinical disciplines, or at least 15 citations in non-clinical disciplines are required, of which 50 % have to be listed in SCI. In the case of citations not listed in SCI (including monographs), the applicant must provide 15 citations in clinical disciplines and 20 citations in non-clinical disciplines – all of them in excerpted journals; the applicant must be first author in one third of them, or (s)he has to produce a confirmation from the respective first author stating that (s)he has had an equal share in the publication identical to that of the first author.

 

ad 6.: At least 3 years (in pregraduate tuition at the Faculty of Medicine); for extramural applicants (non-teachers from health service institutions), official co-operation with the MU Fac. of Medicine is required, with provable and officially registered regular tuition in a minimum extent of 20 % of the tuition commitments of a lecturer, with an explicitly listed specification of the tuition activity. Pedagogical activity is registered by the vice-dean for education. Exceptions to this criterion are approved by the Scientific Board of the MU Fac. of Medicine after previous discussion in the Dean’s Board.

 

(Information for extramural applicants: the Faculty of Medicine has fixed a standard amount of money to be paid for settlement of costs associated with the habilitation procedure.)

 

 

professorship procedure

 

ad 1.: At least 40 articles of category A. In 20 of them the applicant must be first author or co-author with the same share as first author. At least 10 articles have to be published in journals with indicated impact factor; in 5 of them the applicant must be first author, and at least 5 articles of categories (D)(a), (D)(b), (D)(c), or (D)(d) are required.

 

ad 2.: At least 30 communications are required; 15 of them with first authorship.

 

ad 4.: At least 30 citations; 10 of them listed in SCI and, of the total number of citations, the applicant must be 15 times first author or co-author with a confirmed share equal to that of the first author.

 

ad 5.: For compliance with this item see its full wording above.

 

ad 6.: At least 6 years; of which 3 years after appointment as Associate Professor with a regular and registered teaching load under MU Fac. of Medicine in Brno. Explicit specification of the applicant’s share in scientific education of doctoral students (Ph.D.) is required.

 

In the case of applicants for habilitation and professorship procedures from other institutions, their regular pregraduate pedagogical activity at a medical faculty must be evidenced; further scientific and pedagogical co-operation with the MU Fac. of Medicine in Brno is presupposed. An opinion of the dean of the applicant’s institution must be submitted, as well as the applicant’s reasons for submission of the application at our Faculty.

Extramural applicants for the professorship procedure have to comply with the criteria for the professorship procedure of our Faculty as listed under items 1 to 5 above.

 

 

public lecture

The lecture is open to the public; its length and topic will be determined by the Board of Habilitation. The lecture has to be delivered off by heart with the use of slides, data projection or overhead transparency films, or any other multimedia technology. A perfect clarification of the particular topic in both professional and pedagogical respect is required. The lecture should not exceed 40 minutes. A public discussion is part of the lecture. Evaluation is made by the Board of Habilitation.

 

Habilitation lecture and defence

A habilitation lecture presents the postulations of the habilitation thesis. Its length should not exceed 15 minutes. It is held before the Scientific Board; the lecture has to be delivered off by heart, with the use of slides, data projection or any other multimedia technology, and it has to be conceptual in professional, scientific, and pedagogical respect, so that it may grasp the essence of the habilitation thesis. Part of the proceeding is a public discussion in which the applicant has the possibility of defending his or her habilitation thesis.

 

inaugural lecture

An inaugural lecture within the framework of the professorship procedure should not last longer than 15 minutes; it is a public lecture held before the Scientific Board, should be delivered off by heart using data projection, or any other multimedia technology. It has to be conceptual in professional, scientific, and pedagogical respect. Its topic will be chosen by the applicant upon agreement with the chairman of the Motion Commission. The professional public will be informed in advance of this public lecture. A public discussion is part of this lecture.

 

voting of scientific board

The Scientific Board is quorate when at least two thirds of all its members are present. For a motion to be adopted, more than half of all the members of the Board must vote “yes”.