By making your research results available via SSOAR, you, as an author, a research institution, or a publisher, support free access to social science publications and achieve optimum and lasting visibility for your publications on the Internet.
SSOAR primarily pursues the so-called “Green Road to Open Access” and sees itself as a secondary publisher of literature that has already undergone quality control elsewhere. We publish preprints, postprints, and publishers’ versions of published works. You can also use SSOAR to publish a work for the first time. However, because submissions to SSOAR do not undergo scientific or editorial review, these primary publications are identified via the metadata as a “non-peer-reviewed” primary publication.
The following document types can be archived in SSOAR and made available to the public:
To achieve optimum visibility on the Internet, full texts are tagged with extensive metadata in the course of their being made available via SSOAR. In addition to the title and the abstract, keywords (especially from the thesaurus for the social sciences, TheSoz) are an important prerequisite for differentiated searching. We therefore recommend that, in addition to your own keywords, you assign at least five keywords from the Thesaurus. Moreover, you decide under which licence your full text is to be published in SSOAR. We recommend – where possible – that you publish your work under a CC-BY licence. Upon release, each electronic document is assigned a URN (Unique Resource Name), which is a persistent identifier (PID) that enables unequivocal and permanent access to the publication and its scientific citation. In the case of preprints and postprints of published works, you are requested to also indicate the PID of the publisher’s version (as a rule, this is a Digital Object Identifier [DOI]).
Each full text archived in SSOAR is assigned a cover page that includes the main metadata, citation information, and the licence/terms and conditions of use for the end user.
In order to offer users of SSOAR good quality, only PDF – ideally PDF/A – files – are archived. The files may not be protected by a password or be subject to any further security restrictions. Moreover, all fonts used must be embedded. It is best to use standard fonts and to specify the language in the document properties. The full-text server of the Humboldt Universität Berlin provides information about the PDF standard and instructions for creating PDF files (available in German only).
As a disciplinary repository for the social sciences, SSOAR publishes discipline-relevant scientific publications from the social sciences – in particular, sociology and political science and their methods, social policy, social psychology, population research, historical social research, employment research, and communication sciences. As a rule, German- and English-language publications can be archived in SSOAR. Decisions to include publications from the peripheral areas of the aforementioned disciplines, or publications in other languages, are made on request on a case-by-case basis. Please also read our Guidelines.
In the case of publications from the field of economics, education sciences, and psychology, please contact the respective disciplinary repositories EconStor, pedocs and PsyDok.
Publishers, journal editors, and research institutions who wish to make a substantial number of publications (journal volumes, working paper series, etc.) available to the public via SSOAR (“secondary publication”) can find the necessary information under the menu item: Cooperating with SSOAR.