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Frequent asked questions

What is the digital certificate?

At the start of the procedure, all online applications sent to Tràmits Gencat have to be formally validated:

  • If a digital ID is used, the procedure will be automatically validated.
  • If a digital ID is not used, the application must be first sent online and a printed copy of the acknowledgement of receipt of the application then signed and sent by post to AQU Catalunya. An application will otherwise be rejected.

In order to use the Government of Catalonia’s electronic services that require online identification, either a digital certificate or an idCAT SMS certificate is valid.
Signatures using a self-signed digital ID in Adobe will not be accepted.

For more information on Digital ID, please go to the following link:

Do favourable reports and accreditations expire?

Reports and research and advanced research accreditations do not expire.

In the case of an unfavourable report, when can the candidate apply for another one?

Persons who have applied for a report prior to shortlisting for the posts of tenure-track lecturer may apply for a new report for the same post in the next application period.

How are subjects specified?

The applicants, depending on their speciality, should list a maximum of two subjects. CAR Commission has set up six committees, one for each field of knowledge, which will be charged with the assessment of applications. The Commission and the specific committees will decide the definitive destination of the applications.

Do copies of documents presented together with the application and the curriculum vitae have to bear an official stamp?

It is not necessary for photocopies to be stamped. In the application and the curriculum vitae the candidate signs a declaration certifying the authenticity of the data and additional documentation, and in the case of inaccuracies agrees to bear the consequences.

Should copies of published work be adjoined?

Copies of published work are not necessary. Only in cases where the work has been accepted but is still pending publication should it be presented in digital format (in pdf or ms-word) together with documentary proof of acceptance for publication by the editor.

In the curriculum vitae, in the section on teaching experience, should details be given of all the modules of the subjects taught or only of the modules taught in that subject?

Both the total number of subject modules and the modules that have been taught by the candidate should be listed.

In the section on congresses in the curriculum vitae, what is meant by publications?

On many occasions the contributions to congresses may be published in the form of an article in a review, proceedings, as a chapter in a book, etc. In this section the name of the review or book, etc. should be mentioned and also the first and last page of the article (and the number of the review if this is the case).

How is teaching experience accredited?

Teaching experience can be accredited by presenting either the General Teaching Programme or the Individual Teaching Programme duly signed by the relevant academic authorities and where the candidate's teaching positions are listed, or by presenting a certificate signed by the head of department responsible for the subjects taught, in which those subjects and modules taught are specified.

How to consult journal quality indices (impact, classification, citations, etc.)

AQU Catalunya does not have its own classification for journals. In the evaluation of journal quality, use is made of scientific classification given in Web of Science: Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Science Edition, Social Sciences Edition and other citation databases (e.g. SCOPUS)

Different tools are available that provide information on the scientific dissemination of journals (p.e. MIAR).

University library services have professional staff who can be consulted, together with tools that can be used, such as the following:

What is the fee for the issue of the reports?

See Teaching staff / Fees.

Does AQU assess academic staff contracted for the post of collaborating lecturer?

Pursuant to Royal Decree 989/2008, 13 June, May 2013 was the final deadline for the universities to convene the competitive examination procedure to recruit collaborating teaching staff. For this reason, AQU's CLiC Commission agreed in a plenary session meeting that the call of September 2012 for the issue of reports on tenure-track and collaborating teaching staff would the last to accept applications from collaborating teaching staff.