Policy for scientific publishing

Last changed: 05 September 2022

The policy for scientific publishing aims to ensure that research conducted at SLU receives recognition and is distributed, utilised, and published through high-quality channels. In addition, the policy states that all peer-reviewed research papers are to be published open access. The policy also contains new guidelines on how to state affiliation when publishing and a division of responsibility for SLU’s publication database (SLUpub). On this page you can find the policy in its entirety as well as a summary.

Download the policy: 

The policy in short 

It is important that scientific publications live up to the scientific community’s principle of promoting open science.  

  • SLU researchers are encouraged to publish their work in relevant, well-reputed national and international peer-reviewed publications. This is to encourage the best possible quality and visibility.  
  • Ideally, all scientific publications produced by SLU should be open access. 
  • All peer-reviewed articles published must be open access. This can be achieved in several ways by: 
    1. Publishing articles open access in journals 
    2. Self-archiving in the SLU publication database. 
  • SLU researchers are encouraged to publish other types of research outputs open access, for example, book chapters, monographs, conference contributions, working papers, preprints, posters and datasets. Research outputs can be published in the SLU publication database or on other suitable platforms. Researchers are also recommended to share their findings via digital channels such as blogs and social media.  
  • Researchers at SLU should avoid entering into contracts with publishers who restrict the possibility of open access publishing.  
  • In addition, SLU researchers are strongly advised to create an Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID). The ORCID should be provided in conjunction with publishing in journals and other channels.  
  • It is important for researchers to publish their results via channels accessible to the general public, such as in popular science books and journals, or daily newspapers. 
  • The library can provide information about how to evaluate the quality, reliability, visibility and accessibility of journals and other publication channels. 


In the policy, guidelines on how to state affiliation say among other things; 

  • That it is mandatory to state the university’s full name and the name of the authors department. 
  • That the stated name of the university should be Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (or Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, when publishing in Swedish) 
  • How to state the name of a collaborative centre or similar entity that is based on collaboration 
  • When to use multiple affiliations. 

You can find additional information on how to state your affilation in the appendix of the policy or here: 

Division of responsibility for the SLU publication database  

The SLU publication database – SLUpub – lists and displays the university’s research, and all publications produced by SLU researchers must be registered in the database. Guidelines for a clear division of responsibility amongst employees who work in the database are essential to ensure the content is up to date and of high quality. 

  • Researchers must ensure that their publications are registered in SLUpubThey must also make sure to include a version of peer-reviewed articles that can be self-archived.  
  • Each year, the head of department must verify and approve the list of publications that the library has recorded as affiliated with the department.  
  • The library is responsible for the quality of the metadata stored in the publication database and provides supporting information for verifying publications and authors’ departmental affiliations. 

Guidelines for SLU publications 

SLU also has guidelines for publications published by the university, such as dissertations, reports, fact sheets and more. The guidelines contain the following parts: open access, copyright licenses, responsibilities and graphic profile and bibliographic information.