Guides, recommended tools and tutorials

Below you will find links to guides and tutorials which answer some of your questions. However if you are still doubtful or if you would prefer face-to-face assistance, feel free to contact [email protected].  


Rational Bibliographic : Guide de rédaction des références bibliographiques

Rational Bibliographic

Guide de rédaction des références bibliographiques (freely available online, or on request in printed version at the Library desk).

Essential Bibliographic: Guide to bibliographic references writing

Essential Bibliographic

Guide to bibliographic references writing (short version, freely available online).

Publishing Support Fast Guides

Open Access: the basics | Make your research open | Creative Commons Licenses | Publishing agreement | Exception for educational purposes | How to reuse a work properly

“Publish your thesis while respecting copyright” guide

This detailed guide provides information on how to reuse other content while respecting the rules of copyright.

monOApoly: a new board game about Open Access


Board game which aims to engage researchers with the main concepts of Open Access publishing. Freely accessible online.

Research Data Management Fast Guides

Research data | FAIR data principles | Cost of RDM | File formats | Metadata | Code as data | ELN | Personal data management | Data masking | Store, publish, preserve data | DMP | Data and code licensing

RDM walkthrough guide

A detailed guide to understand all aspects of Research Data Management (RDM).

Recommended tools

Zotero: Reference Management Software

To help you manage your references and citations, we warmly recommend that you use a reference management software, more specifically Zotero. The use of such kind of tool will allow you to rationalize the management of your bibliographic references, and to automate some cumbersome tasks, for example changing the bibliographic style of a document.

Because Zotero is a powerful tool with a very user-friendly interface, because it is free of charge and open source, and because it is compatible with many online resources. Moreover, this reference manager benefits from a very active community, that always develops new features and could help you if needed.

Zotero is also compatible with most word processors, and with Firefox and Chrome.

Join one of the training sessions about Zotero organized by the EPFL Library.

The course documentation, that might be sufficient in itself, will help you to start well.

In case of any specific question related to Zotero’s use, the training team is at your disposal through its Book a librarian service.


Overleaf is an online platform for editing text in LaTeX without downloading any application. By registering to this platform with an address, you will have access to a premium account (unlimited number of collaborative documents, connection with your Zotero account, etc.). The platform allows you to submit your documents directly to different publishers (IEEE Journal, Springer, etc.) or open archives repositories (arXiv, etc.) for possible publication.


Authorea is a platform that allows you to edit in LaTeX, richtext, or markdown. Therefore, you can upload an existing word document (i.e. from Google Docs or Microsoft Word) or an LaTeX file to Authorea, edit it, and download in various formats. It allows collaboration between people who master LaTeX and people who don’t.

Additionally, each Authorea document can be linked to a GitHub repository, which enables you to add data to a figure in your document, bring source code or other supplementary material into you document, or create interactive figures with HTML, CSS, SVG, or Javascript.

When you create an account with an @epfl address, you will have access to a premium account (unlimited collaborative documents, unlimited private projects).


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a worldwide non-profit organization created with the objective to connect researchers and to enable collaboration in global scholarship. It provides researchers with a unique identifier (the ORCID iD) plus a mechanism to link it with their research outputs and activities (the ORCID Record). ORCID is used by many publishers, funders, institutions, and other research-related services, so that authenticated information can be “entered once and reused often”.

EPFL Library has developed a web application (accessible on the EPFL network or through VPN) where any EPFL collaborator can match their ORCID iD with their identity in the EPFL directories. You can therefore display your ORCID iD and a link to your ORCID Record on


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