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Guide to the library: Researchers

As a researcher at Umeå University, you can get help from the library in your work - with everything from research data management and information searching to publishing and reference management. This guide will give you tips on using the library and links to more information.

Find what you need in our collections

Our libraries provide access to many collections, both digital resources and physical materials. These include the latest scientific literature, unique archival and specialised collections, fiction, and much more. If you cannot find the material you are looking for in the library collections, you can request what you need for your research. We will purchase what you request or order it as an interlibrary loan.

Managing research data

You can find information and resources about research data on the library website. We offer personalised counselling on how to manage your data.

Set up a data management plan

As an employee at Umeå University, you can easily create your data management plan with the tool DMPonline. DMPonline contains templates that fulfil several funders' expectations for data management plans. You can share the plan with your colleagues during the process.

Setting up a data management plan

DMPonline (Umu)

Describe and make your (meta)data available

Research data should be as open and accessible as possible, and it is important that your data are well described through metadata. A metadata description makes your data searchable even if the data cannot be openly accessible.

The library can help you find the right platform to describe your data and, if possible, make them openly accessible. Umeå University is a member of the national consortium Swedish National Data Service (SND) and works primarily with the SND data catalogue.

Describe research data in the SND catalogue

FAIR data

Information searching and reference management

If you need help searching for information in databases or managing references, the library can help you in several ways. You can:

  • participate in one of our courses and workshops
  • get customised lectures or workshops for your research group
  • schedule an appointment for individual counselling
  • order a search consultation from the library to get help with systematic searches and mapping research areas in preparation for a future application.

The publishing process - advice and help

You can turn to the library if you have any questions about publishing, such as

  • choosing a publication channel
  • open access
  • copyright
  • registration in the university's publication database DiVA.

Publish your research with open access

The research community is undergoing a transition to open science and you are expected to publish your research results with open access. As an employee at Umeå University, you can publish open access free of charge or at a lower cost in many significant journals thanks to the library's publishing agreements. In our search function, you can see if our agreements include a journal you want to publish in.

Open access

Open access publishing agreements

Register your research in DiVA

As a researcher, you must register everything you publish during your time at Umeå University in the publication database DiVA. You need to fill in your Umu-id for the registered publications to appear on your personal page on umu.se.

In DiVA, you can publish and long-term archive full texts to make your research even more visible. This is particularly important if you have funders who require you to make your publications openly available. Many publishers allow the accepted version of a publication to be available in a publication database.

Publishing in DiVA

Parallel publishing

Analysing research

The library carries out analyses of research and can help you if you have questions regarding

  • bibliometrics (analysis of scientific publication)
  • altmetrics (analysis of the impact of research in alternative channels)
  • impact factor (a measure of the impact of publications)
  • h-index and other indicators that may be needed for applications.

Analysis and evaluation

Find more tips in our other guides

In our guides for students, teachers and doctoral students, you can also find information of interest to researchers.

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Latest update: 2023-03-31