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Documentation of research results at UNIS is done in the CRIStin documentation system (Current Research Information System in Norway). CRIStin is the national system for documenting research activity at universities, colleges and other research institutions in Norway. The purpose of Cristin is to simplify the reporting of research results and annual data reports, provide important quality control, and contribute to improving the visibility of research performed in Norway.

If you publish anything crediting UNIS, or while working at UNIS, it is your responsibility to also register it in Cristin. The UNIS Library will look over your registration and approve it. The UNIS Library does not currently offer any courses or formal training in Cristin, but there are several useful resources here. Use your UNIS Feide credentials to log in. When registering your publications in Cristin, make sure that you register the same address that you provided to the publication, to ensure that both you and UNIS are credited correctly. Contact if you have any questions. 

Important dates

Nov 30th – Suggestions for new level 1 or 2 publications can be sent directly to Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD) by filling out a form.

Feb 21st – Deadline for quality control of joint publications

Mar 1st – Deadline of the dispute committe

Apr 1st – Deadline of final report to the Ministry of Education and Research.



Publishing at UNIS

The Norwegian national recommended guidelines for crediting institutions suggest that researchers consider the following main criteria for crediting institutions: 

  1. You should cite an institution as an affiliation if it has provided a necessary and material basis for an author’s participation in the research, or contribution to the work.  
  2. The author should also cite other affiliated institutions that meet the requirements in point 1. 
  3. Employment status or supervisory responsibilities at an institution may be sufficient to credit the institution if the requirements in point 1 are met.  

Please read the National recommended guidelines (Norwegian only) for more detailed explanations on crediting institutions. 

A “necessary and material basis for an author’s participation in the research, or contribution to the work” is understood to mean in an academic context, not merely administrative. Providing funding, labs, data, or significant academic guidance (either via a guidance counsellor or through active engagement in the institution’s academic environment) for the work are relevant contributions, whereas administrative responsibilities such as having overall responsibility for the student, judging the student’s work or approving their guidance counsellors, are not relevant considerations for giving credit. 

UNIS’ address should be cited in the following manner: 

Department of Arctic Biology, UNIS – The University Centre in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway.   

If connected to a research centre, please cite them like this: 

Birkeland Centre for Space Science, Department of Arctic Geophysics, UNIS – The University Centre in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway. 

Researchers with two positions

The accepted norm is that researchers with primary employment at institution X and secondary employment at institution Y typically credit institution X for work done for institution X, but credit both X and Y for work done for institution Y. The affiliation where the author has the main position must be specified first. 

Employees in positions without a research component at UNIS cannot use UNIS as their author affiliation in publications if UNIS has not made a necessary and material contribution to or provided a basis for the published work. 

UNIS researchers with a primary or secondary position with another institution should also note that the other institution may have their own rules and expectations for citing them that you should familiarize yourself with. 

Students, PhD-candidates, postdocs

Doctoral research fellows should credit their home institution, as well as any other institution that meets the criteria in point 1 above. PhD candidates employed by UNIS should therefore provide UNIS as their author address while externally funded PhD candidates should provide their main employer’s address and UNIS, so long as UNIS provided a meaningful contribution to the research. 


It is strongly recommended that all UNIS researchers register an account with ORCID. ORCID accounts are persistent IDs and help ensure that you retain your identifiability when changing institutions, when other researchers have the same name as you or when using different name-forms. It not only helps ensure you get recognized for your work but cuts down on administrative workload for both you and support staff. An increasing number of publishers are pushing for researchers to use ORCID IDs, or even making them mandatory. You can read more about ORCID here.


For more information on registering affiliations and more examples, please read the national recommended guidelines. Contact if you have any questions. 



UNIS Publication Series

The aim of the UNIS Publication Series ISSN 1503-4410 is to electronically publish research results obtained within various projects and graduate courses carried out at UNIS.

Year Course Editor Title
1998 AB320 Ole Jørgen Lønne Marine zooplankton and sympagic fauna (=ice fauna) of Svalbard waters. 1998 Cruise reports
1999 AB321 Ole Jørgen Lønne Marine benthic fauna of Svalbard. 1999 Cruise reports
2001 AB306 Ingibjörg S. Jónsdóttir Biodiversity in arctic plant communities
2003 AB321 Jørgen Berge Benthic macrofauna in selected fjords along the North-west coast of Svalbard
2004 AB323 Jørgen Berge & Geir Johnsen Light climate and primary productivity in the Arctic
2004 AB320 Jørgen Berge New findings of diel vertical migration in high Arctic ecosystems
2005 Jørgen Berge, Geir Johnsen, Frank Nilsen & Bjørn Gulliksen Ocean temperature oscillations causing the reappearance of blue mussels in Svalbard after 1,000 years of absence
2006 AB326 Ingibjörg S. Jónsdóttir Exploring plant-ecological patterns at different spatial scales on Svalbard
2007 AB326 Inger Greve Alsos, Christian Körner & David Murray Arctic plant ecology: From tundra to polar desert in Svalbard

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