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What should I need to know before completing the scientific fields?

The classification of scientific fields applied in NA.Ph.D. is a bilingual, hierarchical vocabulary developed by EKT formed on the Fields of Research & Development (FORD) classification of Frascati Manual. This manual is the OECD internationally recognized tool for collection and use of Research and Development (R&D) statistics in areas such as higher education. Frascati Manual is the common uniform standard, approved by Eurostat, for concepts and definitions, standard classification schemes and production methodology of European R&D statistics. It is widely used by many countries and international organizations, contributing to the adoption of a common language of communication in science, technology and development. EKT, as the National Statistical Authority for National R&D Statistics, applies Frascati Manual to the production of R&D statistics as well as to the standardized documentation and management of the scientific and research content it maintains in its infrastructure.

The scientific fields’ vocabulary consists of three hierarchical levels:

  • Main scientific fields (1st level)
  • Specific scientific fields (2nd level)
  • Specialisation of scientific fields (3rd level)

The 1st and 2nd levels of the classification are based on Frascati Manual, according to which the research areas are divided into 6 main categories and 42 subcategories.

The 6 main categories of the scientific fields are:

  1. Natural Sciences
  2. Engineering and Technology
  3. Medical and Health Sciences
  4. Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Science
  5. Social Sciences
  6. Humanities and Arts

The 42 subcategories of the scientific fields are:

 

Main scientific field

Specific scientific field


Natural Sciences 

  • Mathematics
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Chemical sciences
  • Earth and related Environmental Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Other Natural Sciences


Engineering & Technology 

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Nano-technology
  • Other Engineering and Technologies


Medical & Health Sciences 

  • Basic Medicine
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Other Medical Sciences


Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries
  • Animal and Dairy Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Other Agricultural Sciences

Social Sciences 

  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
  • Economics and Business
  • Education
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Political Sciences
  • Social and Economic Geography
  • Media and Communications
  • Other Social Sciences


Humanities & the Arts

  • History and Archaeology
  • Languages and Literature
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • Arts (Arts, History of Arts, Performing Arts, Music)
  • Other Humanities

The 3rd level of classification works supportively, as it specializes the scientific fields in terms of science and research. This is the result of diligent work and efficient interconnection of scientific and research data from EKT's infrastructure. The application of the 3rd level completes the classification and serves the thematic documentation of the content, improves access and enhances research in order to exploit the knowledge produced. For the selection of terms and their inclusion in the classification, the scientific areas were studied in reliable scientific sources and in the application notes of Frascati Manual’s fields. In addition, concepts in reputable international vocabularies with which the terms were connected were examined for equivalence and correlation.

Vocabulary follows current semantic web technologies. It is formulated in a documentary format that applies SKOS ontology and is available from EKT as an open vocabulary of interconnected data under the name «EKT Scientific Fields». Each term is assigned a unique URI that is used uniformly to refer to it. The terms are available in two languages ​​(Greek and English). They are documented with explanatory notes and links to international open data vocabularies.

The Ph.D. holder, when completing more details about his dissertation, is obligated to choose his scientific field based both on the subject of the Department in which he was supervised and his topic. He selects, necessarily, from the default list General Scientific field (1st level of classification), Special Scientific field (2nd level of classification) and Scientific field specialization (3rd level of classification).

Example:

Social Sciences --> Education --> Special education

The classification of the scientific fields is a criterion for certain procedures of the Hellenic Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP), according to the provisions of Law 4765 GG A '06 / 15.01.2021. You should choose the scientific field of your dissertation (General, Special and Specialization) and in case it combines different thematic objects, the main one (the one that dominates). In case of interdisciplinary dissertations, with co-supervision, with main thematic subjects of which none dominates, you choose up to 2 scientific fields.

The following cases arise:

A) 1 General scientific field - 1 Special - 1 Specialization

In cases of 2 main subjects:

B) 1 General scientific field - 1 Special - 2 Specializations

C) 1 General scientific field - 2 Specials - 1 Specialization per Specialist

D) 2 General scientific fields - 1 Specialist per General - 1 Specialization per Specialist

Regarding keywords, it is particularly noted that they are words or phrases that characterize the content of your dissertation in order to diffuse, link and describe it in detail, working on its discovery. In no case are they connected with Law 4765 GG A '6 / 15.1.2021 and do not constitute a criterion for certain procedures of the Hellenic Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP).