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On this page you will find binding guidelines setting out SSOAR's services and aspirations. You will also find details of the conditions applying to the deposit of documents in the repository.

1. Goals and content-related criteria of the full-text server SSOAR

SSOAR offers scholars and scientists from the social sciences and neighbouring disciplines an organisational and technical framework in which they can make their documents electronically available. However, SSOAR is not a publishing venue. Rather, it serves to make published documents available on the Internet for research and education purposes. When doing so, care is taken to ensure that quality standards are met.

Electronic documents are assigned permanent addresses (URNs), licensed, and indexed via national and international library catalogues, search engines etc. Moreover, the digital preservation of the electronic documents is assured.

SSOAR is operated by GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences which is also responsible for its further development. The repository is involved in a number of national and international initiatives and projects such as, the German Initiative for Networked Information (DINI) and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI). Furthermore, the Leibniz Association supports the aims of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and, via SSOAR, it affords scholars and scientists an opportunity to self-archive their work.

2. The scope of SSOAR's collection

SSOAR saves, catalogues and archives scholarly and scientific electronic documents from the social sciences. These documents can be either born-digital publications or digitised versions of print works.

Authors retain copyright in all documents deposited in the repository. The fact that documents are made publicly available via SSOAR does not preclude the author from publishing them in scholarly or scientific journals or from making them available on other document servers. In accordance with the recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities, all scientists and scholars are urged to ensure when concluding publishing agreements that they retain sufficient non-exclusive rights of use in their work. They are called upon to self-archive their published contributions in a full-text repository such as SSOAR after the expiry of the embargo period, if applicable. Responsibility for the observance of the copyrights and exploitation rights of third parties lies with the authors or the editors of electronic documents.

3. Electronic documents in SSOAR

By an "electronic document" in the narrow sense of the word we mean a document based on text and graphics that is stored in digital form on a data storage medium and made available via computer networks. Multi-media documents that contain audio and video sequences can also be made available via SSOAR.

An electronic document made publicly available via SSOAR fulfils the following conditions:

  1. It is intended for public distribution.
  2. It is not a dynamic document. If changes are necessary, the modified electronic document will be stored as a new version.
  3. It bears a legally robust licence that regulates dissemination and use.
  4. It complies with the technical parameters specified by SSOAR.
  5. Electronic documents made available via SSOAR include:
    • all types of quality-controlled scientific and scholarly contributions published in journals and journal-like series (articles, reviews, interviews, conference reports etc);
    • all quality-controlled texts published in collective volumes/anthologies such as handbooks, conference readers, conference proceedings etc;
    • research reports, discussion papers and working papers (for example, from institutes' series or research consortia). These documents can be in the form of a monograph or a compilation of several contributions;
    • monographs (books, dissertations). Ideally the full text should be deposited. However, individual chapters are sometimes acceptable if this is considered worthwhile;
    • preprints and postprints provided the author has the right to self-archive them;
    • documents that are being made available to the public for the first time, provided they have undergone peer review or have been recommended by two peers.
  6. Technical features of the full-text server SSOAR
    • Each electronic document is assigned an individual and permanent address (URN) that allows direct access to it.
    • When indexing, storing and archiving electronic documents, SSOAR observes international standards such as the Open Archive Initiative (OAI) guidelines and develops these standards further.
    • SSOAR guarantees that documents will be archived for at least 5 years. The length of time for which formats can be archived depends on the continuing availability of the format in question, the viewing software and conversion possibilities.

4. Organisational provisions

  • SSOAR is operated by GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.
  • No fee is charged for making documents available via the repository.
  • As a rule, electronic documents are submitted for distribution via SSOAR by completing the upload form available on the full-text server.
  • In exceptional cases, the staff of SSOAR carry out additional work such as editing electronic documents or converting them to other formats.
  • All inquiries relating to SSOAR should be addressed to GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.