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Author affiliation in scientific publications

The aim of this manual is to provide researchers of IDIAPJGol, ICS and related entities with criteria to properly place the author's affiliation in the various publications they make.

It is very important to use the same signature, and to always mention IDIAPJGol, as this is the only way to guarantee the visibility of the Institute.

Name and address of the Institute

The official name of the institution:

Fundació Institut Universitari per a la recerca a l'Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol i Gurina

This is the name that must appear in the scientific affiliation. In addition to this nomenclature, for more informal uses we can use:

Institut d’investigació en Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol

And as abbreviations:
IDIAPJGol (if written) o IDIAP Jordi Gol (if oral)

Gran Via Corts Catalanes, 587, àtic
08007 - Barcelona

General criteria
Affiliation of authors in scientific publications

In reports or any other scientific papers, all authors must be listed and their institutional affiliation must be stated. In the case of the first author this is very important, since most bibliometric reports are based on the affiliation of the first author (e.g. Pubmed).

The correct assignment of the position favours the visibility of centres and institutions within the international scientific community, as well as the reliability of bibliometric indicators on productivity, impact, ranking, etc. of countries, regions and institutions.

Affiliations generally incorporate the institution, followed by the city and the country. All separated by commas, not full stops.

It is recommended to include the name of the institution in the original language. Including the English-translated name is common practice among some researchers to facilitate the international visibility of the center, however, it could only be done if the centre has a normalised name previously accepted by the institution and is always accompanied by the abbreviations corresponding to the center's name in the original language (e.g.: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona i Institut Català de la Salut should be written in Catalan). In case of foreign journals, the country should be placed as: Spain..

An author may have more than one affiliation. In general, the primary affiliation of professionals corresponds to their job title, then the corresponding health research institute, city and country. There may also be a third affiliation (university, etc.).

On the other hand, it is also important to have the ORCID code. This is a 16-digit identifier based on the ISO 27729:2012 standard. It allows each researcher to have a unique, persistent and unequivocal author code to distinguish their publication from that of other authors. You can create your ORCID for free  here.

Recommendation for names

While signing publications, keep in mind to always use the same signature for all publications. In addition, many databases consider the last word of the personal name as the surname and abbreviate the remaining elements to their initial. For example: the name "Pol Fernández Pérez" is incorrectly indexed as "Pérez, P. F.". To avoid this error, include a hyphen between those elements that the database does not need to separate: Pol Fernández-Pérez.

First names

If you have a compound name (Josep Maria, Anna Maria...), sign your publications with the first full name and the initial of the middle name. In this way, the database no longer interprets the middle initial as a surname:

Josep M.
Anna M.

 If you want to include the middle name, use a hyphen between each elements to indicate to the indexing systems that it is all part of the first name, not the surname:


When your name includes a hyphen between the elements of the compound name (Jean-Paul), you can keep it following the same criteria as above::

Jean-Paul Porcel
Jean-P. Porcel
J.-Paul Porcel

If the compound name is joined by particles, such as articles or prepositions (Maria de Carme), it is better to omit them in the signature, as they generate indexing and retrieval problems. Following the examples, you should use:

Maria C.

However, if you want to maintain the integrity of the name, use a hyphen between each element to indicate to the indexing systems that they are all part of the name and not part of the surname::

Surnames if you include both surnames in your signature (recommended) or if you have a frequent first surname, add a hyphen between the two surnames to avoid incorrect indexing in the database for the last surname. Thus, the hyphen indicates that the first surname is not the second element of a compound name:
Pol Fernández-Pérez

To maintain the particles of the surnames (articles, prepositions...), include a hyphen between them:
Maria de-Arriba
Pep la-Banda

In this case, the names will be indexed by these particles (de Arriba, la Banda...). Therefore, if you want to be indexed by the surname without a particle (Arriba, Banda...) you have to omit it from your signature:
Maria Arriba
Pep Banda

 For more information: Manual of assistance to Spanish researchers for the standardisation of the number of authors and institutions in scientific publications, published by the FECYT..

Criteria for authors' affiliation
Headquarters professionals

If a professional from the IDIAPJGol headquarters is an author, he/she will be identified as IDIAP Jordi Gol. In addition, all those who have the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona esfera card  (NIU number) must state the affiliation as Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Fundació Institut Universitari per a la recerca a l'Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol i Gurina (IDIAPJGol), Barcelona, Spain.

2 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Spain.

Professionals from USR (Research Support Unit)

In case of professionals from Research Support Units (USR), it should be stated as follows

1 Unitat de Suport a la Recerca Metropolitana Nord, Fundació Institut Universitari per a la recerca a l'Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol i Gurina (IDIAPJGol), Mataró, Spain.

As in the previous case of professionals from the headquarters, professionals who also have a NIU number) will register the UAB as their second affiliation:

2 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Spain.

ICS primary care staff

For ICS Primary Care staff, you should provide: the job title or UP, Primary Care Directorate and iCS (SAP is not given unless SAP is the same productive unit). All ICS primary care centres have to follow the double affiliation, stating IDIAPJGol/*USR-*IDIAPJGol. ICS created the IDIAPJGol to manage, support and advise on research in the primary care field, and for this reason it is important to state the dual affiliation.

 Thus the proposed model is as follows:

1 Centre d'Atenció Primària... Gerència Territorial de Barcelona, Institut Català de la Salut, Barcelona, Spain.


1 Programa d'Atenció a la Salut Sexual i Reproductiva Gironès – Pla de l'Estany, Direcció d'Atenció Primària.... Institut Català de la Salut, Girona, Spain.

(BCN stands for Territorial Management of Barcelona; the rest of Catalonia consists of Directorates, not territorial areas.)

2 Fundació Institut Universitari per a la recerca a l'Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol i Gurina (IDIAPJGol), Barcelona, Spain.

Dual affiliation with USR (Research Support Unit)

If there is a professional linked to the USR in his/her territory (released employees, part-time, etc.) the centre and the USR will be indicated and then IDIAPJGol does not have to be used as a second affiliation, as the USR incorporates the name, for example:

1 Centre d'Atenció Primària ....... Direcció d'Atenció Primària ..... Institut Català de la Salut, ....., Spain.

2 Unitat de Suport a la Recerca .... Fundació Institut Universitari per a la recerca a l'Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol i Gurina (IDIAPJGol), Barcelona, Spain.

Multiple affiliations

If a researcher has to indicate a link to more than one organisation, it is recommended to use a separate line for each affiliation. This will help to ensure that the publication is correctly identified in the databases and helps to measure the impact of the research. For example:

1 Unitat de Suport a la Recerca .... Fundació Institut Universitari per a la recerca a l'Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol i Gurina (IDIAPJGol), Barcelona, Spain.

2 Nom del grup, Institut de Recerca Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP), Campus Can Ruti, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain.

Other cases

In the case of staff seconded by the ICS to the IDIAP Jordi Gol, both institutions must be listed:

1 Fundació Institut Universitari per a la recerca a l'Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol i Gurina (IDIAPJGol), Barcelona, Spain.

2 Institut Català de la Salut, ....., Spain.

In the case of a university hospital, it could also be used:

1 Departament .... Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain.

There are special cases of staff (collaborators, associate professor, etc. from other universities). In this case, the name UAB would not be included but the name of the university where they are teaching.

For RICAPPS, the affiliation of the institution itself should be listed first, and the affiliation of the network should be listed second or third, as appropriate:

Red de Investigación en Cronicidad, Atención Primaria y Promoción de la Salud (RICAPPS)
Network for Research on Chronicity, Primary Care, and Health Promotion (RICAPPS)

The rest of the information, such as the file code or the name of the group will be financed together with the mention of the ISCIII and the European Union. Remember that they are no longer ERDF funds, so you must indicate "Funded by the European Union - NextGenerationEU".

A posible sentence for the funding section would be:

Proyecto financiado por el Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad, a través de las ayudas para la creación y configuración de Redes de Investigación Cooperativa Orientada a Resultados en Salud (RICOR), expediente RD21/0016/xxxx, cofinanciada por la Unión Europea – NextGenerationEU.
The project received a research grant from the Carlos III Institute of Health, Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Spain), awarded on the call for the creation of Health Outcomes-Oriented Cooperative Research Networks (RICOR), with reference RD21/0016/xxxx, co-funded with European Union – NextGenerationEU funds

CIBER and SCREN already give their own afiliation guidelines, which are as follows:

  • SCReN: Plataforma SCReN, UIC IDIAPJGol, Spain
  • CIBER (3 options for CIBERINFEC):
    • CIBERINFEC (reconmended)
    • CIBER de Enfermedades Infecciosas
    • Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Infecciosas.

See the section How to reference FIS funding on our website.