Thematic classification of publications in SLU:s publication database

Last changed: 02 March 2021

This page is a guide to help you give your publications the correct thematic classification in SLU:s publication database, SLUpub. Please contact the library if you want a validated publication to be associated with a particular research program or if you want us to add or change subject categories.

Associated programs and other stakeholders

If your publication is written as part of one or more programs within EMA (FOMA), SLU's Future platforms, Wildlife Damage Centre or another area of research that is listed below, this should be indicated in SLUpub. This information is used for internal follow-up of publishing activities within the different programs and to be able to generate various lists of publications for external presentation.

EMA (FOMA)/Research programs/stakeholders


  • Acidification
  • Agricultural landscape
  • Alpine/Arctic landscapes
  • Animal health (until May 2010)
  • Biodiversity
  • Built environment
  • Climate
  • Coastal and sea areas
  • Cross-programme
  • Eutrophication
  • Forest
  • Game (until May 2010)
  • Lakes and watercourses
  • Non-toxic environment
  • Organic risk substances and metals (until May 2010)
  • Use of FOMA data
  • Wildlife

Future platforms

  • SLU Future Animals, nature and health
  • SLU Future Food
  • SLU Future Forests
  • SLU Urban Futures
  • Future Agriculture (until Jan 2017)
  • Future Animal health and welfare (until Jan 2017)
  • Future Forests (until Jan 2017)
  • Future Urban sustainable environment (FUSE) (until Jan 2017)


  • Beijer Laboratories in Uppsala
  • Centre of Excellence in Animal Welfare Science
  • Mistra Biotech
  • SLU Network Plant Protection
  • STandUP for Energy
  • Wildlife Damage Centre

Please contact the library if there is a requirement in your research area to associate publications with a program or stakeholder that is not yet included in the list.

Subject classification

(Research topics in SLUpub)

The research topic should indicate the main subject of the publication as a whole. Preferably only one subject category should be added but it is possible to add a maximum of three if these are considered equally important. Subject terms should be picked from the lowest level in the hierarchy, i.e. the level that starts with five digits.

When you register publications in SLUpub, you can either add subject terms yourself or let the library do it as part of our quality assurance process. The library will classify those publications that we import from Web of Science. If you would like us to change the subject classification of a validated publication, please include the entire subject term as well as its five-digit code in your e-mail to us.

Publications in SLUpub are classified according to SSIF which is the Swedish standard for classifying research by subject, also called SCB/UKÄ classification. This classification scheme is used for various types of research information and the purpose is to be able to conduct different types of subject-oriented publication analyses both within SLU and nationally.

Publication data from SLUpub is delivered to the national database SwePub for analysis and bibliometrics which is currently under development and will be a source for publication based analyses. Potential users of these data include Swedish government agencies such as research funders.

Choosing the correct topic

  1. First check if a subject category within Agricultural and veterinary sciences is relevant. Here you will find subject categories that include for example:
    • Forest genetics, Fish genetics, Plant genetics, Genetics and breeding, Gene technology
    • Agricultural ecology, Fish ecology
    • Renewable bioenergy research, Environmental sciences related to agriculture and land-use, Research on biodiversity
    • Soil microbiology (under Soil science) and Microbiology (under Pathobiology (for a veterinary perspective)

  2. If no relevant subject category is found within Agricultural and veterinary sciences, or if your publication also has a major focus on a more general subject: check the other main subject classes (Natural sciences, Engineering and technology, Medical and health sciences, Social sciences, Humanities and the arts). Examples:
    • Within Natural sciences you can find subject categories that include Bioinformatics, Climate research, Environmental sciences, Ecology
    • Within Engineering and technology you can find subject categories that include Environmental engineering, Environmental biotechnology
    • Within Social sciences you can find subject categories that include Economics and business, Gender Studies