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How can I set publications to Open Access and what is an accepted version?

For detailed information to Open Access (Gold road, Green road) and benefits for uploading an Accepted Version please see here.

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

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What can I upload in DORA?

Please have a look at our Content Policy to be sure about the formats and lengths accepted of your paper. Please note, that we do not record publications that are not directly related to the research institutes (e.g. from your work at previous employers).

When should I upload my publication for the current Reporting Year (Eawag, Empa, WSL)?

You can submit your publication during the whole year (recommended), directly after it is available online. The last date for submitting a publication for the current Reporting Year is always at the 10th of December and will be pronounced via e-mail. Every publication which reaches us after this date will be counted in the following Reporting Year.

How can I report a problem/correction?

At the right side on every record you can find feedback forms, available for different cases you may want to report:

By clicking on one of these options an online form opens for you to fill in. This information (including the persistent URL of the publication) is then sent to for us to evaluate.

What are the colourful lockers standing for?

We currently use three different symbols to indicate the availability of full texts in DORA:

  • The open-green lock is used for all open-access documents, i.e. the full text is available to everyone with internet access.
  • The open-yellow lock is used for closed-access articles that are, however, available internally to members of the 4 Research Institutes. Please note, that the open-yellow lock symbol is only used within the network of the 4 Research Institutes. Authors are encouraged to submit an accepted version to DORA.
  • The closed-grey lock is used for full texts that are not available to the general public.

What is a ISI-Publication?

The journals citation reports include information on all journals indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded* and the Social Science Citation Index*. These journals are often considered as "ISI journals". (Please note you have to register free of charge to access the lists).
* alternatively you can search via the master list with "*" and filter via Web of Science Coverage on the left side for the index you want to see.

How can I link the authors affiliated with PSI correctly?

There are different options to link an author with "PSI affiliation" correctly - here shown with the example author Carl M. Adamsson. Please follow the following steps:

  1. Add the surname
  2. Add the first name of the author as it is written on the PDF
  3. Click on PSI Affiliation

    When the group appears, the linkage has worked. If no group appears, it means either that the linkage has not worked or that we don't have this user in our database. We will check this during our quality control before the publication is set live.
    Please note: Publications written before 2006 are only linked to the PSI-Institute itself and not to specific departments.

This table shows which options should provide you with a correct linkage, but please keep in mind, that after the linkage the last and surname should be written exactly like on the PDF.





Adamsson, C


Adamsson, C.


Adamsson, Carl


Adamsson, c


Adamsson, c.


Adamsson, C.M.


Adamsson, C. M.


Adamsson, CM


Adamsson, C M


Adamsson, cm


Adamsson, Carl M.


Adamsson, Carl M


If there are more than one authors with the same name a list will appear for you too choose from.

What is the difference between an accepted version (i.e. postprint) and a submitted version (i.e. preprint)?

An accepted version is the version of your publication after peer-review and acceptance, but without the publisher's formatting. Very often the publisher allows to publish the accepted version after an embargo time as open access in an institutional repository. Send us your accepted version and we will check this for you. For detailed information to Open Access (Gold road, Green road) and benefits for uploading an Accepted Version please see here.

A submitted version is the version of your publication before peer-review and acceptance, i.e. the version you submit to the journal. Please note, we do not record submitted versions in DORA. For further details please have a look at our Content Policy.

Why is an author only linked to the institute but not with the department?

Please note that publications before 2006 get only affiliated with the institute itself but not with a specific department.

Why is a publication Open Access on a publisher website but Closed Access on DORA?

Some publishers make publications available free of charge to the reader (for a limited time) but do not allow any reuse of the publications. The publication is under exclusive copyright of the publisher and any reuse by other needs permission by the copyright holder. This kind of free online access is also known as gratis Open Access. Gratis Open Access removes price barriers from access to publications but it allows no uses beyond what is considered legitimate under copyright. Gratis Open Access publications cannot be re-published Open Access on DORA because of these permission barriers.

Libre Open Access means free of charge and free of at least some permission barriers.  This means that the article is free for some kinds of further use and reuse, e.g. re-publishing the article Open Access on DORA. Permission barriers are removed by a license or statement permitting uses that would otherwise be impermissible. The open licences from Creative Commons (CC licences) are the most commonly used licences in the area of science and research. Publications licensed under a Creative Commons license can be re-published Open Access in DORA.

Open Access is not as simple as free of charge to reader. There are many different degrees of openness between Closed Access and Open Access. The guide HowOpenIsIt? Gives a concise overview of the shades of Open Access.

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