11 January 2012
The National Research Environment
- 10 cantonal universities (Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, Svizzera italiana, St. Gallen, Zurich)
- 2 Federal Institutes of Technology (EPFL Lausanne, ETH Zurich) and 4 research institutes (ETH Domain)
- Several universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education
- Rector's Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS)
- Conference of the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences (KFH)
- Swiss Conference of Schools for Teacher Education (SKPH)
- Council of the Swiss Scientific Academies (CASS)
In addition some Swiss research institutions have also signed the Berlin Declaration as single institution:
- University of Zurich, 2004
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), 2006
- Paul Scherrer Institut, 2006
- University of St. Gallen, 2006
- University of Basel, 2007
- University of Bern, 2007
- University of Fribourg, 2008
- Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS), 2010
- Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), 2012
- École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 2013
- Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), 2013
- Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), 2013
The academic research institutions of Switzerland receive much of their financial support from the respective cantons and/or from the federal Swiss government.
Besides these sources, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland's leading provider of scientific research funding. With its federal mandate, it supports basic research in all disciplines, from philosophy and biology to the nanosciences and medicine.
The SNSF (also co-signatory of the Berlin Declaration in 2006) requires grantees to provide open access to research results obtained with the help of SNSF grants (Article 44 Funding Regulations). While strongly supporting self-archiving in repositories, the SNSF also covers costs for Open Access publications via the project budget. For further information see: http://www.snf.ch/E/current/Dossiers/Pages/open-access.aspx
Among other public research funders of Switzerland, the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) supports the implementation of Open Access. The SAGW calls upon its member societies to obtain the necessary rights for their authors from the publishers. Several SAGW-sponsored journals are freely available.
Besides the SNSF, a few Swiss academic research institutions have installed Open Access mandates concerning scholarly publications by their researchers. Such institutional policies have been formulated by the University of Basel, University of Bern, the ETH Zurich, the University of Geneva, the University of St. Gallen, the University of Zurich and can be viewed in the Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP).
Institutional Repositories for scientific publications
|Alexandria||University of St. Gallen||OA-Info||no||no|
|Archive ouvert UNIGE||University of Geneva||OA-Info||no||
||University of Bern
|edoc||University of Basel||OA-Info||no||no|
|ETH E-Collection||ETH Zurich||OA-Info||yes||no|
|MSF Field Research||Médecins sans Frontières||no||no|
|RERO DOC||Reseau Romand||OA-Info||no||no|
|Serval||University of Lausanne||OA-Info||no||no|
|ZORA||University of Zurich||OA-Info||yes||yes|
Open Access in Swiss Law
TheUniversity of Zurich commissioned an expert opinion on Open Access in Swiss law. The focus of interest is on questions of law related to what are known as repositories, i.e. internet servers that serve to make scientific publications available. In particular, the question arises of the extent to which publications that have already been published by scientific publishers are permitted to be deposited in repositories.
The results of the expert opinion are particulary useful to authors who have not concluded an agreement on copyright with their publisher upon publishing their work. In this case, according to Swiss Code of Obligations, Art. 382, Par. 3, authors are allowed by law to deposit journal articles, book chapters or conference papers on repositories three months after these works have been published in full. Provided the author has no other copyright agreement with the publisher, this paragraph applies also in the case of foreign publishers if the author’s place of residence and the repository are in Switzerland.
Open Access Journals in Switzerland
- http://open-access.net/ch_en/startseite/ (Swiss-View)
- http://www.sagw.ch/de/sagw/laufende-projekte/open-access.html (Open Access Site of SAGW)
- http://www.doi.ethz.ch/ (DOI-Desk & DataCite Contact Switzerland)
- http://www.euresearch.ch/ (Swiss guide to European research)
Contact for Switzerland
- Christian Fuhrer & André Hoffmann, University of Zurich