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Open Access in brief

The most important facts about Open Access and ZORA in generall and at the University of Zurich
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Contact the Helpdesk for information on Open Science in FP7 and H2020 projects


Survey on Open Access Publication Costs Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Main Library invites you to a survey, to find out how satisfied you are with the current support of Open Access publication costs at the University of Zurich. Thanks to your valuable feedback we will consider adjustments and expansion opportunities in order to better align our Open Access funding offer to your needs in the future.

Please take part in our survey on Open Access Publication Costs

The survey takes about 10 minutes and should be answered as complete as possible. The survey is open until 16 October 2016. Your data is anonymous and will not be disclosed.

Many thanks for your participation in the survey and best wishes
The Open Access Team of the Main Library

Open Access Newsletter No. 3 available online Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The latest Open Access Newsletter of the Main Library (HBZ), University of Zurich is now available!

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The Newsletter No. 3 covers the following topics:

  • ZORA 2.0 goes mobile
  • HOPE – the new service of the Main Library to publish your own Open Access Journals
  • Research Data Management: Data Pilot Project
  • Open Access Memberships and the Open Access publication fund

We hope you enjoy reading!

FS16 - Classes to ZORA and Open Access online Thursday, 18 August 2016

ZORA and Open Access introductory classes will take place in the fall semester. The course is aimed at persons who submit publications to ZORA or those who want to learn more about Open Access.
During the course you will learn ...

  • about the publication cycle,
  • what publishing costs can occur (traditional publishing system vs. Open Access)
  • what Open Access (gold vs. green road) means
  • why Open Access is so important,
  • why full texts must be stored in ZORA,
  • what document version is allowed to be archived,
  • what legal aspects you may face.

In addition, the workflow to submit publications to the new ZORA interface will be demonstrated. You are welcome to bring publications of your institution/your department and submit them to ZORA during the workshop. We will help you in case of questions.


class dates, documents, registration

FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot News Thursday, 11 August 2016

In 2015 the FP7 post-grant has been launched (see blog post from 2015). Recently, more than 400 Open Access publications could get funded, thereof 14 from Switzerland. To make the workflows easier OpenAIRE has now signed contracts with the Open Access publishers BioMed Central, Copernicus, BMJ and Wiley. Publication costs from more than 383 journals can now be covered directly without issuing invoices. The validation of eligibility is one step in the workflow, which is currently being tested .

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Pre-Payment agreements: OpenAIRE
6th progress report: FP7 Post-Grant
Blog post FP7 Post-Grant
OpenAIRE Helpdesk

New Look & Feel – ZORA goes mobile Friday, 22 July 2016

ZORA has been revised and awaits you with a “mobile-friendly” navigation from smartphones to tablets up to desktops. A modern interface, layout and handling makes it easy to find, access and read publications.
TrendTerms and ConnectionWheel are one of the new enhancements in ZORA, which visualize connections between keywords and authors.

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While navigating through ZORA users can now experience a neatly designed and restructured download area providing information about available files and licenses for re-use. With the integration of social media buttons sharing publications with colleagues is finally quite simple.

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Was meinen Forschende der UZH zu Open Access?

Open Access-Statements

Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein

Abraham Bernstein

"Forschung findet nicht im luftleeren Raum statt, sondern bezieht sich fast immer auf Gedanken und Ergebnissen von anderen. Tatsächlich ist Forschung häufig vergleichbar mit einer Art von genetischer Suche: Ideen prallen aufeinander und werden dabei zu neuen kombiniert, sie mutieren zu andersartigen, und werden durch die Intuition der Forscher, der wissenschaftlichen Evaluation, und die Begutachtung selektiert. Um diesen Austausch von Ideen effizient zu gestalten ist der freie Austausch der Ergebnisse unumgänglich. [...]"


Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein, Lehrstuhl für verteilte und dynamische Anwendungssysteme

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