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Harvesten der SSOAR-Metadaten über OAI-PMH-Schnittstelle möglich


Documents can be deposited via our online form or via the appropriate button adjacent to the document in question in If you are interested in archiving entire journals or journal editions, complete anthologies or report series, please send us an e-mail.



1. Document selection

SSOAR accepts postprints and original versions of published or peer-reviewed documents (especially of journal articles), contributions to collective volumes, monographs and (reports in) research and institute series. The subject matter of the documents should relate to social science research interests in the broadest sense of the word. (See FAQs: What type of document can I deposit in SSOAR?)

2. Clarification of the legal position

When depositing a document in the repository, the author must grant SSOAR a non-exclusive right of use in the work. When doing so, the rights of third parties (especially publishers and co-authors) must be taken into account. (See Legal issues)

3. Document format

Submissions to SSOAR should be in searchable PDF format. Ideally, you should create a searchable PDF file directly using a word processing programme. One widely-used commercial programme is Adobe Acrobat. There are also open-source alternatives such as OpenOffice.

4. Depositing documents

Our user-friendly online form enables you to directly deposit documents in the repository. Alternatively, you can deposit your work by clicking the appropriate button adjacent to the document in question in Our online form's input mask consists of three stages: (1)  Create new document: First, you indicate the document type and upload the file. (2) Describe the document: Second, you enter bibliographic details and key words and grant a licence. The bibliographic indexing via metadata and key words is entirely in your hands.  The more precisely a document is described, the easier it is to search and find it. Every submission is checked by our information specialist who adds further bibliographic details where necessary. (3) Confirmation: Third, you are notified of the URN and given an opportunity to contact the SSOAR editorial team in case you have any further questions. The deposit process is now completed as far as you are concerned. (See Copyright Issues, Licences, How to deposit in SSOAR

5. Release of documents by the repository

Each uploaded document is reviewed by an information specialist, any missing bibliographic
metadata is added and a citable URN is assigned. Approved documents are then released by SSOAR thereby becoming part of the repository‘s searchable content. Once a document has been released, the author is sent e-mail notification containing a link to the
document‘s individual entry page together with the citable URN.


Questions and support

If you have any questions about the individual steps in the procedure, we suggest that you first consult our FAQs. If the information you find there is not sufficient, please send us a detailed description of your problem. We will be happy to be of assistance to you.