The University of Zurich is a pioneer of Open Access (OA) in Switzerland and the largest university in the country. It was one of the first universities to adopt an OA policy in 2005. The policy was enhanced three years later, henceforth requiring researchers to deposit a copy of all their published scientific works in the Zurich Open Repository and Archive (ZORA) with Open Access, if there are no legal objections. Publications are only considered for the Annual Reports of the university, if they have been previously deposited in ZORA, at least in terms of their metadata. Evaluations are increasingly performed using the ZORA contents, and possibilities to incorporate ZORA-publications on researcher's websites are improved. Starting from 2008, ZORA contains all publication records of the University of Zurich and for about 40% of the entries of 2009 excluding books, Open Access to full texts is offered. The university also encourages and supports authors to publish their research articles in OA journals where a suitable journal exists and provides support, for example via memberships with OA publishers.
Zurich Open Repository and Archive (ZORA) is operated by the Main Library in ccoperation with the UZH IT Services.
Based on the policy, ZORA, and its website on OA including a explanatory video, the University of Zurich received "BioMed Central’s Open Access Institute of the Year" award in 2010, together with Harvard University and the Chinese Academy of Science. The university was mentioned as one of ten successful OA models in the study “Implementing Open Access: policy case studies”.
The University of Zurich is a partner of the information platform openaccess.net participated in organising the “Open Access Days” 2009, 2010 and 2015. The OA Team also coordinated the Swiss contribution to open-access.net and initiated a comprehensive expert opinion on Open Access from the perspective of Swiss law, written by international copyright expert and University of Zurich faculty member, Professor Dr Reto Hilty.
- André Hoffmann
- Prof. Dr. Christian Fuhrer