What is expected in the preliminary version?

You should see the preliminary version as an opportunity to get feedback: the more material you can include the better, using this feedback it becomes easier to get a good result! In terms of structure you should aim to follow the requirements for the final version, so have a title page, table of contents, chapters and list of sources (bibliography).


We don't expect perfection for the preliminary version and there may still be things missing from it. However, if you have very little content at this point, please see this as a sign that you are running behind schedule! If this is the case: don't panic, start planning. Start with the material you do have and you are certain about and break up the remaining steps in smaller bits.


You are still allowed to make changes after the submission of the preliminary. Layout and cosmetics is less important at this moment, it is mostly about the content, not the form.


I have forgotten how to use the RC:

No problem! If you need a quick refresher, you may find these resources useful:

quick start

block editor video tutorial

(you can also find many more tutorials there)


I have written everything in Word, how do I import it into the research catalogue?


First of all: the end product should be an exposition (and not a PDF, for example), you do not have to use Word to create an exposition! It is easier to directly write and create your documentation in the Research Catalogue. If you find writing in Word helps you write better, great! But it may save you a lot of time moving content back and forth, if you write directly in the Research Catalogue. If you have content in Word (or other text editors), and you want to import it, these are the strategies you can use to get it in the RC.


Whatever method you use: were possible, use the block editorwhich is easier to edit. It is possible to use both editors (graphical/block) within a single exposition, so you can still make a nice graphical page for you title page, or if you need to make a more complicated layout. You can create a page in the block editor, by going to the PAGES tab and clicking the + icon, then select block for the editor type.


Below follow two methods to import content from external editors like Word:

Method 1. Manual copy-pasting bit by bit (recommended method).


With this I mean you go page by page of your word document, selecting text and copy-pasting it into Text/HTML tools. Doing it manually is more work than automatic import, however, it makes you more aware of what is going on and gives full control over the end result.


While pasting content from Word, be sure to use "paste and match style", on MacOS this is done by:

[alt] + [cmd] + [shift] + [v].

On windows computers, you do it by:

[ctrl] + [shift] + [v]

This will ensure that you don't copy any problematic formatting into the exposition.


You will have to import illustrations, footnotes and recordings separatetely. If you have a lot of illustrations, you can also import them by using method 2.




Method 2: automatic import

The RC can also automatically import a word document and turn it into RC tools, that you can than organise into a page.



Note that certain parts of the word document may become simplified to ensure that it can be displayed everywhere correctly. Please contact Casper if you experience any error or it fails to import at all.

I have a lot of footnotes in Word, can I import them automatically?


If you use method 2, footnotes will be imported automatically as well.


Can I use a pdf to upload my research?


It is not forbidden, but a much better result can be made by properly importing the content into the exposition using the text and html tools. If you use a PDF, you are limiting yourself to content that can be printed  Not using PDF will make it easier to incorperate any recordings or video into the text and it will display better on different screens.


How should I deal with copyrighted materials that are not my own?


Read: using copyrighted material in expositions


How do I insert a youtube video?

You can use the embed tool for this:


Keep in mind that youtube videos may dissapear, so be sure to clearly note what was visible in the video. If it is your own video, it is better to upload it using a video tool, so that the data is inside of the research catalogue.


How to make hyperlinks to another page within my exposition?

please see: https://guide.researchcatalogue.net/#hyperlinking


Where can I find inspiration:

examples can be found here.

Other problems:

Just contact Casper on MS Teams or by mail.