DORA PSI is here!

The Publication Services Team, 08. April 2019

As from today, DORA PSI – the digital repository and bibliography for all research articles and other publications affiliated with the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) – is online! We came a long way in the last year in preparing for DORA PSI, where several new features were implemented to stand up to the previous publication database of the PSI Digital User Office (DUO). Not only did we develop new features specific for DORA PSI (e.g., submission workflow), but also provided new features from which all four research institutes benefit (e.g., publication metrics).

DORA PSI acts simultaneously as:
BibliographyDORA PSI records the scientific publications produced at the PSI and is a source for publication lists on the PSI website and for academic reports.
ArchiveDORA PSI preserves the full text of PSI publications and makes them freely available to all PSI members.
Open Access (OA) RepositoryPSI 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.

DORA PSI offers many exciting new features for PSI members and users worldwide. Since 2006, all publications in connection with the large-scale research facilities and later also those of other divisions at PSI have been recorded and curated in DUO. Thanks to this groundwork by the PSI User Office – especially Markus Knecht and Stefan Janssen – DORA PSI will be able to display a large part of PSI’s bibliography right from the start. During the migration from the previous publication database in DUO, we enhanced the publication metadata (e.g., we added abstract, keywords and database IDs for Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed), added the full-text PDFs, and indexed the full texts to make them searchable in DORA. All PDFs are available for internal use at PSI and the full texts of OA publications are available to anyone with internet access. In this way, DORA helps to enhance the visibility and impact of research output at PSI.

Since DORA acts as an OA repository, PSI researches have now also the possibility to archive the accepted version (version after peer review and acceptance, without the publisher’s layout) of their articles. Most publishers permit that this version is made freely available in DORA, thereby increasing the visibility of the publications. Archiving the accepted version of an article in DORA is also an easy way to fulfil the OA requirements of many research funders, e.g., the OA provisions of the SNSF, and comes at no additional cost.

Compared to the previous workflow in DUO, the following information may be of interest to PSI members:
DORA PSI replaces only the publication database of DUO, not all other DUO functions.
• From now on, you can record your publications directly in DORA, create publication lists by a specific author or a department and division, and export publication records in Excel format, CSV, or as a list of citations in PDF or RTF.
• In contrast to DUO, publications will not be directly available in DORA PSI after recording them through our online form. We will do a quality control and set them live for you. At the end of the process, you will be notified by e-mail that your publication is now online.
• Besides registering publications through the submission form in DORA, we will routinely harvest PSI-affiliated publications from the Scopus and the Web of Science database, import them into DORA, and inform the corresponding authors at PSI. In addition, we will harvest relevant publications from the Protein Data Bank (PDB).
• Further information and FAQ (e.g., a detailed guide for publication submission) can be found in the DORA manual.

Please note that although DORA PSI is fully functional as from today, we are still migrating data from the publication database in DUO to DORA. Therefore, you might not yet find all your publications in DORA. Furthermore, we are still in the process of controlling/correcting the metadata of all migrated publications. As long as the publications have not yet been corrected, it might be that authors and research departments/groups are not linked correctly to their publications and that the availability of PDFs (Open Access vs. Intranet only) is not correctly set. If you find an error in DORA, please inform us via

Should you have any questions about DORA PSI do not hesitate to contact us at


Stephanie Hofmann

t +41 58 765 5032

Dr. Bobby Neuhold

t +41 58 765 5133

Dr. Lothar Nunnenmacher

t +41 58 765 5221