Publishing in the Repository for Life Sciences – information for authors and institutions

The following conditions must be met to deposit content in the PUBLISSO – Repository for Life Sciences:

  • The publication has an appropriate open-access license (e.g. a Creative Commons license).
  • The publisher has granted green open access rights that permit the publication to be self-archived in a subject repository.
  • The author has signed a usage agreement for one or more publications.
  • The publishing institution has signed, in consultation with their authors, a general usage agreement.

The following types of work may be deposited:

  • academic books and book chapters
  • journal articles (see also Guide to self-archiving journal articles)
  • research reports
  • research data (see also information on publishing research data)
  • conference and congress proceedings
  • guidelines / standards
  • videos (e.g. tutorials, teaching materials) and podcasts

A user agreement (Nutzungsvereinbarung) is not required if your publication already has an open access licence. Otherwise, we require a signed user agreement, which you can send to us as a scanned e-mail attachment.

You can send us your files by email also, as long as they are in a text format (preferably pdf-A) or an image or video format (e.g. jpg, mp4). Alternatively, you can provide the files to us on a data carrier (CD, DVD, or USB stick). Please contact us if you wish to submit files in a format that is not listed above.

If your work is already archived on the website of a scientific institution, just let us know the link - we will transfer the required information and files from there.

We enter the descriptive metadata in the repository and upload the file on your behalf. Each electronic document is given a unique and persistent identifier, a DOI, which ensures permanent access to the publication and its scientific citation.

Please contact us for more information and read our FAQs and guidelines.
If you have further questions about publishing, our publishing experts will be happy to help you.

General usage agreement