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1. What type of document can I deposit in SSOAR?

Copyright permitting, you can deposit in SSOAR all quality-assured scholarly contributions which have already been published or have been accepted for publication in journals, collective volumes or journal-like series.

Journal contributions include scholarly articles, reviews, interviews and conference proceedings. By collective volumes we mean all text compilations such as handbooks, conference readers or proceedings. Contributions such as research reports, discussion papers and working papers from, for example, institutes' series or research networks can also be deposited in SSOAR, and are, indeed, becoming increasingly significant. Such contributions can be monographic in nature or comprise several documents. Actual monographs (books, dissertations) may also be deposited, ideally in full. Failing this, individual chapters may be self-archived if this is considered worthwhile. As a rule, documents deposited in SSOAR will already be available as a print publication (see FAQ II.2: When is a text a postprint? When is it a preprint? And what is the relationship between the postprint and the publisher's version?). However, documents may also be deposited in SSOAR as a means of making them available to the public for the first time. (See FAQ IV.5: Can I self-archive a document in SSOAR as the sole means of making my work available to the public?)


2. When is a text a postprint? When is it a preprint? And what is the relationship between a postprint and the publisher's version?

Scholarly texts have to pass through different stages before being published in a book or a journal for a specialised readership. This published document is known as the publisher's version, regardless of whether it is a print or a digital edition.

A preprint is the manuscript version which the author submits to a journal etc for consideration. In other words, the preprint is an unrefereed scholarly work, i.e. it hasn't yet been peer-reviewed and recommended for publication.

In the case of a postprint, on the other hand, the peer-review process has been completed. A postprint has more or less the same content as the publisher's version but the two are not identical: on the one hand the formatting (pagination, page numbering) in the postprint can deviate from that of the publisher's version; on the other hand, the postprint has not yet been proof-read by the publisher. Hence the postprint may contain typing errors or wording which deviates from that of the publisher's version.