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General Terms of Use

ETH E-Citations is the university bibliography of the ETH Zurich. It is freely accessible online. Unless otherwise indicated, copyright of the content of this website is the property of the ETH Zurich. By accessing ETH E-Citations and using the services available there, you are accepting as binding the Terms of Use.

The references contained in the university bibliography can be copied, printed, exported and cited for scientific purposes and private use. Any commercial use of the references, or of any part or extract thereof, is strictly prohibited without the prior approval and agreement of the ETH-Bibliothek.

Individual extracts from the data, or printouts from this service, can be passed on to other people provided that they are accompanied by these General Terms of Use and that these are complied with, and that the source is named (http://e-citations.library.ethz.ch).

Guidelines concerning ETH E-Citations – the ETH Zurich institutional bibliography

What is ETH E-Citations?
Which works will be referenced?

When is a work deemed to have been published?

A work is deemed to have been published if it has been made available and accessible to the public in printed and/or digital form.

In the case of printed works, this is the case if they are or have at some time been distributed via the book trade or can be accessed in institutions such as libraries and archives.

A digital work is considered to have been published if it is accessible over the long term via a stable Internet address and is clearly identifiable, for example via a DOI. This includes online services that guarantee long-term, stable access such as university document servers or arXiv.org.

Where this is not possible, we recommend that all digital documents be made available on
ETH E-Collection, providing there are no legal restrictions.

How are the bibliographical details recorded?

Each member of ETH is entitled to enter references to publications by ETH members in ETH E-Citations. A data entry web form is available for this. At least one code will need to be entered for the organisational unit within which the work originated/at which one of the individuals is employed. As a general rule, this will be a professorship’s code. The authors and also the individuals authorised to submit data for the ETH Zurich Annual Academic Achievements (internal annual report) are responsible for the completeness and correctness of the departmental codes.

The bibliographical details will be completed by ETH-Bibliothek staff and recorded in accordance with professional library standards. In particular for publications that are not recorded in the catalogue of the ETH-Bibliothek, members of ETH Zurich are asked to show ETH-Bibliothek staff the original document, make available a full copy (incl. title page and publication details) or submit a specimen copy for inclusion in the library’s collection.

The ETH-Bibliothek can be notified of any amendments via the contact form or via the "Provide feedback" button.

In order to assist ETH members, the ETH-Bibliothek regularly logs the details of publications by ETH members already included on Web of Science and Scopus. For the attribution of these references to the appropriate ETH Zurich professorship or organisational unit of the same level, the authors or individuals authorised to submit data for the ETH Zurich internal annual report will need to allocate the appropriate codes.


The institutional bibliography is published and edited by the ETH-Bibliothek Zurich.

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Validity of the guidelines concerning ETH E-Citations

These guidelines come into force on 14 April 2010, the date of the online launch of ETH E-Citations.


ETH-Bibliothek's general legal notice is in effect.