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The most important facts about Open Access and ZORA in generall and at the University of Zurich
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Foster - Open Science Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Open Access landscape is very heterogeneous and so are the mandates, policies and possibilities on how to publish Open Access. The project FOSTER was granted by the EC with special attention to training resources of Open Science. Foster (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) is a two-year running EU-Funded (FP7) project that aims to provide European-wide training resources that will help researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, research data managers and other stakeholders to comply with the need for Open Science. In the meanwhile 1'777 resources are available to the following topics: Open Access, Open Science, Open Data, Research Data Management, Open Science Policies, Funders Policies, Open Access Policies und Open Repositories.

foster About the FOSTER-project

Science Matters - new Open Access membership Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The University of Zurich has a new membership with the innovative Open Access Journal "Science Matters". This allows the researchers of the UZH to publish their articles for free for a pilot year. The innovative thing about Science Matters is that single observations can be published without having a big story. After a fast review procedure, articles will be published within two weeks from submission and can be commented online. For more information about Science Matters check out this blog post or the video below.


Science Matters
Go to articles of Science Matters
Go to furhter memberships of the UZH

EU Competitiveness Council adopts conclusions on Open Science Tuesday, 14 June 2016

At the meeting of the Competitiveness Council of the EU on 27 May 2016, the conclusions on Open Science were adopted (see also article in Science). The goal’s content matches with the objectives of the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science of the Dutch EU Presidency and the Open Science Policy Platform of the European Commission. These initiatives and decisions demonstrate that there is a great political consensus to enforce Open Access and Open Science in a broad approach. All scientific publications should be Open Access by 2020.

european council

Council of the European Union - Meeting 26/05/2016
European Open Science Policy Platform

nlEU2016 The Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU on Social Media
Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science

Gesucht: Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter/in im Bereich Forschungsdatenmanagement Monday, 06 June 2016

Die HBZ sucht ein/e wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter/in für die Durchführung eines Data-Pilotprojekt für Forschungsdatenmanagement mit Schwerpunkt Medizin und Naturwissenschaften.

Das Pilotprojekt umfasst:

  • Analyse von Modellen (Services, Workflows, Kosten) an anderen Universitäten und Erhebung von Bedürfnissen von zwei naturwissenschaftlichen resp. medizinischen Pilot-Forschungsgruppen der UZH
  • Test von exemplarischen Möglichkeiten der Datenerfassung, Kategorisierung, Migration, Speicherung, Teilbarkeit, Veröffentlichung und Langzeitarchivierung
  • Erarbeitung von Workflows, Beratung, Infrastruktur-Anforderungen sowie Daten zu einem Business Case mit Kostenmodellen als Grundlage für die Einführung von Forschungsdatenmanagement an der UZH

Interessiert? Details in unserer Stellenausschreibung.
Bewerbungsfrist: 15. Juni 2016

SNSF Open Access monitoring report Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The SNSF Open Access monitoring report shows the self-evaluation of its funding policy and includes a lot of figures of Open Access publications. The SNSF is satisfied with the substantial share of Open Access publications as a result of SNSF funding. The aim is to increase the share of Open Access and to point on the importance of Open Access in collaboration with swissuniversities. The SNSF tries to follow important Open Access routes like the EU, the Austrian Science Fund and the Netherlands. The humanities could increase it's Open Access content through the project OAPEN-CH compared to other disciplines. The SNFS guidelines for Green Open Access have already been adjusted. So starting from January 2016 all publications should be made publicly and freely accessible through a repository. The publications of SNF-funded researchers at the University of Zurich should therefore be archived in ZORA to meet the guidelines of the SNF regarding Open Access.

E: Open Access Monitoringbericht SNF (Mai 2016)
F: Open Access Monitoringbericht SNF (Mai 2016)
News SNF further links and information

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Was meinen Forschende der UZH zu Open Access?

Open Access-Statements

Prof. Dr. Andrew Hector

Andy Hector

"Every scientist wants their work to be as widely read as possible. Open access is clearly a better system for making this happen and for advancing science, depite some practical problems in getting to this better system. [...]"


Prof. Dr. Andrew Hector, Former Chair of Biodiversity and Community Ecology

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