Doctoral Dissertation Evaluation Criteria

Doctoral dissertations for Kuroshio Science are comprehensively reviewed according to the following thirteen criteria.

A. Research Project, Objectives, and Significance

  • The research project and objectives must follow the principles and goals of Kuroshio Science
  • Innovation is recognized in comparison with previous research in related fields and must be able to contribute to the development of the research field concerned
  • From an interdisciplinary and international point of view, the dissertation must be able to provide knowledge that can contribute to the formulation of a harmonious sustainable society with the natural environment in the areas of the Kuroshio Region and provide knowledge that can contribute to the development of Kuroshio Science

B. Main Papers

  • The doctoral dissertation must be organized around one or more main papers for the PhD by Coursework and three or more main papers for the PhD by Research. The main papers are the important papers written in the conduct of the doctoral dissertation research as specified in the Additional Notes on the Implementation Guidelines for the Doctoral Dissertation Review of Kuroshio Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi University, or the papers related to the main part of the doctoral dissertation

C. Title of Dissertation

  • The title of the dissertation must include the keywords that adequately reflect the research project, objectives and content of the dissertation as a whole

D. Abstract

  • The background and research objectives of the research project of the doctoral dissertation as a whole, and the research plan and methods must be described concisely
  • Key knowledge must be adequately described
  • The conclusions drawn from the research project must be concisely shown

E. Organization of Sections and Chapters

  • The dissertation must be appropriately organized into sections and chapters so that it flows logically

F. Introduction

  • The background, issues and/or hypotheses of the research project must conform to the required style for articles in the academic field concerned, and be discussed clearly
  • The research objectives must be logically derived and clearly shown. The research objectives must also correspond to the research plan and methods, and the acquired knowledge and conclusions
  • Where the study stands, its significance, its distinctions and its innovation must be clearly shown through comparison with previous research
  • The literature and statistical information must be appropriately and adequately cited

G. Materials and Methods

  • The research plan must be drawn up so that it can meet the research objectives
  • The materials or data and analytical methods must be accurately described and academic validity must be shown
  • Verification by other researchers of the described materials or data and the analytical methods must be possible
  • Appropriate analytical methods must be used
  • The literature related to the materials or data and analytical methods must be appropriately cited

H. Analysis, Interpretation and Discussion of Results

  • The required analysis must be provided to meet the research objectives
  • Data and results must be appropriately and adequately analyzed, logically interpreted and discussed through required techniques of the academic field concerned such as statistical methods
  • Figures and photographs must be appropriately positioned. The style of the figures and photographs must accurately and concisely explain the content. The figures and photographs must also be clear and distinct when printed
  • The necessary literature to interpret the results and develop the discussion must be appropriately cited

I. Conclusion

  • Answers to the research project and objectives should be discussed as a conclusion by giving comprehensive consideration to the interpretation and discussion of the results
  • The extent to which the research objectives were met should be discussed
  • Outstanding issues and future challenges should be discussed as unresolved
  • Acquired knowledge should be discussed in terms of how it can contribute to the academic field concerned
  • If there are fields that can contribute through noteworthy outcomes and acquired knowledge, these must be described

J. In-text Citations and Reference List

  • When references are cited, the author(s), year of publication, and other relevant information should be shown
  • The format should be consistent
  • There should be no errors or omissions

K. List of Main Papers

  • A list of the main papers used in creating the dissertation and related conference presentations should be shown

L. Sentence Format, Expression, and Phrasing

  • A consistent style should be used throughout the dissertation
  • Numbers for pages, chapters, sections, figures and photographs should be consistently applied, without any errors
  • There should be no mistakes in spelling or grammar. Even after submitting the dissertation, you may be asked to have the dissertation proofread by a native speaker of English

M. Dissertation Presentation

  • The dissertation research should be clearly presented within the scope of the abstract
  • Use appropriate presentation slides and other materials. Explanations should be clear and accurate
  • Answers to questions should be accurate
  • The presentation time must be observed