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Welcome to the help page of DORA. We hope you can find all answers to your questions here. If not – don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail ( We are more than happy to be of any support to you!

DORA in a nutshell

DORA Tutorials

See our online short tutorials on DORA specific topics at the Lib4RI website:

The newest video on how to create department lists and add them on your website is now available.  

About the DORA Metadata

The publication’s metadata in DORA are based on the information we find on the publication’s full text.

Regarding the author metadata, we currently automatically insert author affiliations using information directly provided to us from the institute. Please note, that although we receive the current information we still always check the affiliation on the document and set the affiliation according to the information provided there. For publications before the year 2006 only the specific institute is linked and not a specific department, as information about departments was not available at that time.

In DORA, it is possible to add more than one version of an author's name in our records. For example, if an author changes their name due to marriage, all his/her publications will still be linked below the same author DORA object and thus author-search link. For more information on how you can create specific author publication lists please see here.

What is DORA?

DORA is the institutional repository and bibliography for all research articles and other publications affiliated with the four research institutes within the ETH-Domain and hosted by the Lib4RI.

DORA acts simultaneously as:

  • Bibliography — DORA records the scientific publications produced at the research institutes and is a source for publication lists on the institutional websites and for academic reports.
  • Archive — DORA preserves the full text of the institutes publications and makes them freely available to all internal members.
  • Open Access (OA) Repository — Researchers are able to make a full text version of their scientific articles freely available in DORA (green road to OA), thus facilitating compliance with the OA policies of many research funders.

As such, all included publications are authored, edited, published by one of the four research institutes, its members, or organizational units. For PSI, the publications resulting from research performed at the PSI research facilities are archived in DORA as well. DORA shares the publications with the public, following copyright rules.

DORA offers:

  • availability of full texts either for internal users or public
  • simple possibilities for search, filter and export
  • interfaces for the automated retrieval of data

For every research institute a separate DORA-instance exists, which manages the publications of the institute. You can reach each of the instances from the shared main site:

How can I submit my publication to DORA?

As a service, the publication services team collects relevant items from external databases and enriches the items with internal information, such as the internal organizational unit. Once a publication is registered, you are notified by e-mail and are kindly asked to provide feedback about the publication.

Additionally, you can use a form for submitting a publication into DORA (click «Add Publication» on the top right of the starting page).

Please choose if you're from the PSI or the Eawag, Empa, WSL institute.

If you are not sure whether your document can be uploaded into DORA (e.g. if it is a one-page publication or a video format) or not, please look at the DORA Content Policy. DORA does not record publications that are not directly related to the four research institutes within the ETH Domain (e.g. from your work at previous employers).

DORA PSI, the new Institutional Repository - Presentation

Download the slides to the DORA PSI Info Event, which took place on 3 June 2019.


How can I search for publications, create publication lists and export them?


  • Simple Search / Advanced Search
  • Filter / Facets

Publication lists:

  • Department
  • Author


  • Excel and CSV
  • Citation Styles


Here you can find answers to the most common questions, e.g.:

How can set publications Open Access and what is an Accepted Version?

Links to DORA are not working, what can I do?

What can I upload in DORA?

How can I report a problem/correction?

Using the DORA metadata into my website 

  • How to implement DORA metadata in the Eawag website
  • How to implement DORA metadata in the EMPA website
  • How to implement DORA metadata in the PSI website
  • How to implement DORA metadata in the WSL website

Technical details of DORA

  • Technical components and background (in progress)
  • Technical Specifications: JSON
  • Using the OAI interface to fetch data from DORA (in progress)

PSI Large research facilities and beamlines

A list with facilities and beamlines from PSI.

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