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About DiVA

DiVA (Digitala vetenskapliga arkivet) is a publishing database for research publications, doctoral and student theses, as well as a digital archive for long term storage and preservation of scholarly output. Data from DiVA is used for evaluations and statistics.

Mandatory to register in DiVA

The Umeå university DiVA functions as the university digital archive and repository for scholarly output. University researchers may register as well as make publications openly available through DiVA. It is mandatory to register all scholarly output affiliated with the university in DiVA, even if it might not always be possible to enclose the full text of the publication due to copyright restrictions.

Dissemination and visibility through DiVA

DiVA is interoperable with several other systems. When you register your publications in DiVA it automatically becomes visible and findable via channels for scholarly communication, such as Google scholar and SwePub.

The lists of publications visible on university web pages, for example on the personal pages in the staff directory, are generated through automatic retrieval of data from DiVA. In order for the personal publication lists to update when a new publication is registered in DiVA, it is important to register the Umu-id of the authors affiliated with the university. It is also possible to register ORCID in DiVA.

DiVA data is used for bibliometric evaluations and analysis of the university scholarly output, making it especially important that all publications are properly represented. 

Publications in DiVA is automatically assigned a permanent indicator, an uniform resource number (URN), making it possible to link to your publication in a way that i sustainable over time. DiVA also qualifies as a digital archive for longterm preservation of publications.

More on: Analysis and evaluation

More on: PID for publications and data

More on: PID for researchers and authors

Manual: Import references

Manual: Create feeds in DiVA

DiVA and open access

DiVA is part of the initiative for open access to research results that was established in the Berlin declaration of 2003. Umeå university is in support of the declaration through the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (Sveriges universitets- och högskoleförbund, SUHF). DiVA can be used to parallell publish scholarly publications in order to make them open access. When possible, a full text copy of a publication should be included when making a DiVA entry.

Open access-policy for scholarly publications at Umeå University

(Approved by the Vice-Chancellor on 19 September 2017)

1. Background

Umeå University promotes making all published research outputs free of all restrictions on access as far as possible. This according to the 2013 Berlin Declaration on Open Access signed by the Association of Swedish Higher Education and concordant to the requirements placed by the Swedish Research Council and other research funding bodies. Basis for the wording of this policy is that it should be as lucid and clear as possible, and that it should be easy for researchers and students to follow.

2. Policy

1. Registering scholarly publications in DiVA

Umeå University researchers are to register all their scholarly publications in the Umeå University academic online archive DiVA (approved by the Vice-Chancellor, reg. no Umu 220-2745-06). Reports and other scholarly publications published by Umeå University should also be registered and deposited in DiVA (approved by the Vice-Chancellor, reg. no. Umu 500-256-03).

2. Open access

Umeå University researchers are recommended to continue to publish their research outputs with open access as far as possible. If this is not done, it is valuable if a full text copy is published openly accessible in DiVA, so-called parallel publication.

3. Dissertations

Dissertations published by Umeå University should also be registered and deposited in DiVA (approved by the Vice-Chancellor, reg. no. Umu 500-256-03). Dissertations should be published electronically in DiVA unless copyright impediments obstruct such from happening.

4. Undergraduate theses

Undergraduate theses produced at Umeå University should be registered and deposited in DiVA. The registered data (author, title, abstract, department, etc.) becomes openly accessible. If the faculty or department recommend a full text publication, such will be arranged if the authors give their approval.


The database DiVA is a collaborative effort of several Scandinavian seats of learning in order to collect, order and facilitate dissemination of scholarly output and publication. 

DiVA is supported by a consortium of members who collectively finance and use the system. The central organisation for maintaining and developing DiVA is located to Uppsala. Besides the local DiVA databases, there is also a central DiVA database retrieving data from the local repositories, thus collecting a large part of the Swedish scholarly output in one and the same source.