Switzerland generously supports Dryad, LA Referencia and ROR! – SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

“After its impressive commitment in 2022 for our 3rd pledging cycle and its donations to the SCOSS Pilot cycle, Switzerland reaffirms its investment in open science infrastructure and its support to the SCOSS programme by financing the three infrastructures from the most recent cycle: Dryad, LA Referencia and ROR.

Together, the universities of Lausanne, Basel, Zürich, Neuchâtel and Fribourg, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, the Zurich University of the Arts, ETH Zürich, Lib4RI and the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN have raised 121,000 euros, spread over three years, from 2023 to 2025….”

Mapping the Swiss Landscape of Diamond Open Access Journals. The PLATO Study on Scholar-Led Publishing. Report | Zenodo


From March to September 2022, the «Platinum Open Access Funding» Project (PLATO), in collaboration with the Institute for Applied Data Science & Finance at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, undertook a bibliometric and empirical study of the Platinum/Diamond open access journal landscape in Switzerland. The PLATO project is an initiative of six Swiss universities – the University of Zurich, the University of Bern, the University of Geneva, the University of Neuchâtel, the Zurich University of the Arts and ETH Zurich –, dedicated to furthering community-led scholarly publishing in Switzerland. Diamond open access stands for a concept of equitable open access to and participation in scholarly publishing that is free for both authors and readers.

The main objective of the PLATO Study was to gain insight into the Platinum/Diamond open access publishing ecosystem in Switzerland through a mixed-method approach. The study consisted of three parts: First, bibliometric data were combined with inputs from Swiss open access publishers, institutional open access experts as well as information on journal websites to identify Swiss Diamond Open Access journals and their main characteristics. Second, seven semi-structured interviews with editors of select Diamond Open Access journals were conducted to generate a thorough understanding of their workflows, infrastructures, business models, challenges and opportunities. Third, based on the inputs from the interviews, three surveys were designed and sent to authors/reviewers, editors, and representatives of hosting and funding institutions of Swiss Diamond OA journals.”

Freier Zugang umgehend und uneingeschränkt – das ändert ab dem 1. Januar 2023

From Google’s English:  “The SNSF will adjust its Open Access requirements at the beginning of 2023. Scientific articles must now be accessible immediately. This corresponds to the principles of cOAlition S, which the SNSF joined in June 2022….

If scientific results are only publicly accessible after a blocking period, this not only harms science, but also society, which has often paid for this research. “From the point of view of the SNSF, the time for such delays in articles is now over,” says Matthias Egger, President of the National Research Council. “We no longer accept blocking periods.” If the SNSF funds a research project, the resulting articles must be freely available immediately.

As before, this obligation can be fulfilled in three different ways: publication in an open access journal (golden way), in a hybrid journal or as a manuscript version (“Author’s Accepted Manuscript”) in a digital archive (green way). The regulations for books and book chapters remain unchanged.

Use without any restrictions

Other requirements will also be new for 2023. The SNSF stipulates a CC-BY license for all articles. Scientific articles are primarily distributed and read digitally. Both the researchers and the SNSF have an interest in knowledge being spread as widely as possible and used in as many different ways as possible. The so-called Creative Commons licenses (CC licenses) are the standard today for the use of digital content and content distributed via the Internet. This means: The articles can basically be used without restrictions – from further distribution to automated evaluation in order to gain completely new insights. Of course, the researchers must be named as the authors each time they are used, and it must be clear whether the content has been changed.

rights reserved

Many publishers restrict what researchers can do with the articles they have created themselves through exclusive publication contracts. Very often these limitations also prevent the fulfillment of OA obligations. The SNSF is therefore adopting the rights retention strategy developed by cOAlition S: researchers reserve the right to make their manuscript freely available immediately and under a CC-BY license when they submit it. They refer to their obligations towards the SNSF….”

Job: Projektleitung Prototype Fund (60-80% FTE) – Become Part Of Our Team! | Opendata.ch

We are looking for a dedicated individual with project management and communications experience to continue managing our Prototype Fund (and possibly more). Become part of an agile non-profit, a fantastic team and a great mission: fostering open technologies by and for the people in Switzerland!

Opendata.ch sucht ab Februar oder nach Vereinbarung nach einer engagierten Persönlichkeit mit Projekt-Management-Talent für die Weiterführung des Early-Stage Förderprogramms Prototype Fund in der Schweiz! Werde Teil von einem agilen Non-Profit-Verein, einem tollen Team, dieser einzigartigen Initiative und einer grossen Mission: gemeinnützige Technologie in der Schweiz zu fördern.

Wer wir sind 

Mit offenem Wissen befähigt Opendata.ch Menschen, unsere Gesellschaft gemeinsam offener, innovativer und gerechter zu machen. Der gemeinnützige Verein ist die Schweizer Sektion der Open Knowledge Foundation. Unsere Aktivitäten umfassen Datenkompetenz, Datenzugang und -verfügbarkeit sowie zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement.

Was Du tun wirst

Im Zentrum deiner Arbeit steht die Weiterführung und stetige Verbesserung des Prototype Fund, eines Early Stage-Förderprogramms für Projekte im Bereich “Public Interest Tech”. Der Prototype Fund unterstützt Menschen dabei, das Gemeinwohl (Partizipation, Nachhaltigkeit, Diversität etc.) in der Schweiz mit Open Source-Projekten zu stärken.

Deine Aufgaben umfassen: 

die Programmbegleitung und -umsetzung

die Betreuung und Unterstützung der geförderten Projekte

die Organisation von Workshops und Veranstaltungen (z. B. Demo Day)

die Kommunikation auf diversen Kanälen (Website, Newsletter, Blog und soziale Medien)

Wirkungsmessung und Programmoptimierung 

Zusammenarbeit mit der Stiftung Mercator 

Dabei werden dir die Geschäftsleitung und der Vereinsvorstand eng zur Seite stehen.



Oxford University Press and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries sign read and publish deal

Oxford University Press (OUP) and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries (CSAL) have reached a two-year read and publish agreement. Coming into effect on January 01, 2023, the agreement will provide full access to OUP’s full journals collection and increased open access publishing opportunities for researchers at CSAL’s member and customer institutions.

Update, October 12, 2022: Read & Publish agreement with Springer Nature 2023-2025 | swissuniversities

After careful consideration of all options, swissuniversities has decided to consider Springer Nature’s offer for the Springer Compact / Nature Branded portfolios and the corresponding Read & Publish contract, but to reject the offer for the Gold Open Access portfolio.

This pragmatic approach – especially in view of the current geopolitical situation – guarantees stability for the institutions and the inclusion of a publishing component at Nature Branded takes Switzerland an important step further towards the vision formulated in the Open Access strategy. At Springer Compact, the transformation will continue by further increasing the article quota and shifting funds from the reading component at Springer Compact to the publishing component at Nature Branded. The offer for Gold Open Access, on the other hand, was rejected as it did not sufficiently meet the objectives set in the negotiating mandate.

The offers are now with the mandating institutions for signature. Information on the results of the negotiations will be made available as soon as the contracts are signed.



CERN publishes comprehensive open science policy | CERN

CERN’s core values include making research open and accessible for everyone. A new policy now brings together existing open science initiatives to ensure a bright future based on transparency and collaboration at CERN.  

List of Platinum OA Journals in Switzerland

This list provides an overview of the Swiss Platinum Open Access landscape (journals that do not charge fees to neither authors nor readers). It was established as part of the “Platinum Open Access Funding” (PLATO) project initiated by six Swiss universities. More information can be found in the documentation.

DOI: 10.34914/olos:l2tys6tie5f63h35lqpqzzlx24

License: Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication


Swiss National Science Foundation joins cOAlition S | Plan S

cOAlition S is excited to welcome on board the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – one of the European leaders supporting Open Access – as the latest organisation to join the international consortium of research funding and performing organisations committed to delivering full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications.

You did it! Over 4 million euros pledged to OS infrastructure. The Swiss Academic Libraries consortium pledge from Switzerland helps SCOSS reach a major milestone – SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

“After the generous pledge to DOAB and OAPEN, PKP, and OpenCitations last year, several institutional members and customers of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries have now pledged funding to three services currently being promoted by SCOSS:  arXiv, Redalyc/AmeliCA and DSpace and to two infrastructures from the SCOSS Pilot cycle: DOAJ and Sherpa Romeo. Over the next three years, the support will total 57.750 Euros for arXiv, 47.250 Euros to Redalyc/AmeliCA, 57.750 Euros to DSpace, 88.357,50 Euros to DOAJ, and 136.500 Euros to SherpaRomeo, for a combined total of nearly 388.000 Euros….”

Switzerland and Frontiers reach national open access agreement | Research Information

“The Swiss research community has strengthened its commitment to open access through a new national publishing agreement with the Lausanne-based open-access publisher Frontiers.

The one-year pilot supports authors from 18 institutions, including hospitals, who are now able to publish in Frontiers’ broad portfolio of 146 journals, hosted on Frontiers’ open-science platform. Paid in advance by the institutions through the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries (CSAL), the arrangement enables the authors to enjoy better research visibility and supports rapid dissemination of their studies across the 1,100 academic disciplines covered by Frontiers’ journals….”

CfP: Open-Access-Tage 2022: “Collaboration” (Bern, September 19-21, 2022)

Open Access Days 2022 will be held by the University Library of Bern from 19 to 21 September. They are dedicated to the topic of collaboration.

The transformation of the publication system towards more openness and transparency is a task that can only be accomplished together. Therefore, the collaboration of libraries with researchers, other institutions and networks, funders and service providers is immensely important. As these collaborations are central to the development of goals, strategies and programmes for the promotion of OA, as well as to the day-to-day work on and for OA, this year’s Open Access Days 2022 in Bern will be held under the motto “Collaboration”.
Call for Proposals

Proposals for talks, workshops, posters, amounts for the Tool Marketplace and notifications for moderation can be submitted until these dates:

    Lectures and workshops until 11.4.2022
    Posters, tool marketplace and moderation until 4.7.2022



Die Open-Access-Tage 2022 werden von der Universitätsbibliothek Bern vom 19. bis 21. September durchgeführt. Sie widmen sich dem Thema Kollaboration.

Der Wandel des Publikationssystems zu mehr Offenheit und Transparenz ist eine Aufgabe, die nur gemeinsam bewerkstelligt werden kann. Daher ist die Zusammenarbeit von Bibliotheken mit Forschenden, anderen Institutionen und Netzwerken, Förderern und Dienstleistern immens wichtig. Da diese Zusammenarbeiten für die Entwicklung von Zielen, Strategien und Programmen zur Förderung von Open Access sowie für die alltägliche Arbeit an und für Open Access zentral sind, finden die diesjährigen Open-Access-Tage 2022 in Bern unter dem Motto «Kollaboration» statt.

Call for Proposals

Vorschläge für Vorträge, Workshops, Posters, Beträge für den Tool-Marktplatz und Meldungen für Moderationen können bis zu diesen Daten eingereicht werden:

Vorträge und Workshops bis 11.4.2022
Poster, Tool-Marktplatz und Moderation bis 4.7.2022

PLOS Announces New Publishing Agreement with the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries – The Official PLOS Blog

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries (CSAL) today announced a three-year Open Access agreement that allows researchers to publish in PLOS’ suite of journals[1] without incurring Article Processing Charges (APCs). This partnership brings together two organizations that believe researchers should be able to access content freely and make their work available publicly, regardless of their access to grant funds.