Key networks & Aggregators
National publishing initiatives
National agreements with publishers
National agreements concerning Open Access have recently been introduced in Switzerland. To achieve this vision of the national Open Access strategy, swissuniversities and higher education institutions, research institutions, research funders and science policy-makers agreed to start negotiations with publishers as part of the National Open Access Strategy in 2019.
Negotiations should comprise a variety of models such as Green OA clauses in licences, memberships with Open Access publishers and offsetting agreements including big deals with OA components. An exit option should be in place in case the negotiations fail. Although offsetting agreements strengthen the position of existing large publishers by extending their role into the world of OA, the agreements are deemed a necessary transitional measure.
To lead these negotiations an existing and experienced body such as the CSAL (Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries) was complemented by leaders from higher education institutions provided with the necessary resources and political support.
The status of the negotiations can be found here: https://www.swissuniversities.ch/en/topics/digitalisation/open-access/publisher-negotiations
Book publications co-financed by the SNSF must be made accessible in a disciplinary or institutional repository after an embargo period of no more than 24 months. The SNSF will contribute lump sums towards the production costs of a digital publication.
In doing so, the SNSF is matching the current funding policies of other European research funders. For further information see: SNSF Open Access Policy.