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1. What does SSOAR contain?

For the most part, SSOAR contains objects which authors have deposited as online documents. (See also FAQ VII.2: Why should I use the online form to deposit my document?) In other words, the content is to a large extent provided by the users themselves. To a lesser extent it comprises documents gathered and archived by our editorial staff.

The type of documents stored include both individual journal articles and complete annual volumes, reviews, contributions to collective volumes/anthologies, monographs, discussion papers and working papers from institutes' series or research networks, and complete documentation from specialist research areas. (See also FAQ II.1 What type of document can I deposit in SSOAR?)

Submissions can range from recent peer-reviewed articles that have been accepted for publication (postprints) to digital versions of social science classics. In order to be a central resource for researchers and scholars, SSOAR covers the whole range of document types and, where legally possible, makes both the postprint and the publisher's version available. (See also FAQ II.2: When is a text a postprint or a preprint and what is the relation between a postprint and the published or printed "publisher's version"?)


2. Can I search for a specific document or author in SSOAR?

SSOAR offers both a simple and an advanced search function. The simple search is carried out on the basis of the standard details recorded for each document (metadata). The advanced option refines the search by using more specific search criteria. We also offer a browsing function which provides access to documents via a number of paths. You can browse by discipline, journal title, author, editor and document type. Alternatively, you can directly access portals for journals or journal-like series (research reports).


3. Can I find out about new document arrivals?

New arrivals are listed in chronological order under the "10 latest additions to SSOAR", so that the most recent deposition is always in first place. You can also use our RSS feed to keep up to date on new arrivals.


4. Does a search in SSOAR also extend to documents in other databases?

No. SSOAR can be searched individually. Alternatively, our link to the social science information portal provides access to many other bibliographic databases, most of which are not, however, open access.