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The Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR), an open-access document server for the social sciences, indexes and archives scholarly literature (full texts) from the social sciences in Germany and abroad.

No fee is charged for making documents available via SSOAR or for using archived documents. SSOAR was built by the Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) and the Institute for Qualitative Research (IQF) - both of whom are part of the Freie Universitaet Berlin - and by GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences within the framework of a collaborative project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Here is a brief overview of the advantages of making documents publicly available via SSOAR:

  • for authors and their research institutions, it means that the visibility and reception of their texts on the Internet and in research is enhanced.
  • readers can access the literature they are seeking directly from their workplace and can download it for work purposes.
  • publishers and editors of print journals and collective volumes who make works available via SSOAR in parallel with or after publication also benefit from increased visibility and citation frequency. Texts available in SSOAR always carry a bibliographic reference to the primary publication source which facilitates greater access to new reader and author circles.

Our services in detail

1. In our legal issues section, authors can obtain information about how to find out whether their publishers allow published articles, postprints or preprints to be self-archived in SSOAR in parallel with or after publication and/or what steps self-archiving entails.

2. A wide variety of document types can be enriched with metadata and made available in SSOAR.

3. SSOAR can be searched via the extended search function (e.g. by author's name), the simple and advanced search functions or by browsing (for example, in an individual journal).

4. Users can deposit electronic documents themselves via our intuitive online deposit form or via the import function in sowiport (formerly known as the Virtual Social Science Library) that pulls the available metadata for the document in question.

5. Documents deposited in SSOAR are permanently citable by means of stable URNs. The URNs are assigned in collaboration with the German National Library.

6. SSOAR offers the option to export bibliographic data via BibTex/Endnote-Export. In this way, these data can be taken up directly by the author's literature management programmes. Moreover SSOAR offers a range of citation styles such as Chicago or Zeitschrift fuer Soziologie which can be copied and pasted directly.

7. SSOAR documents are indexed in numerous discipline-specific and multi-disciplinary search engines and databases.

8. Since the launch of the server in 2008, both the number of users and the volume of content have been growing steadily. SSOAR is being increasingly linked and used in the national and international scientific community.

9. Interested users can avail of our RSS-Feed to keep up to date on new document arrivals in SSOAR.

10. SSOAR has been been certified by DINI, the German Initiative for Networked Information. The DINI  certificate ensures standardisation and quality control in the area of electronic publishing and archiving.