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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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Spring Semester 2017 - Classes to ZORA and Open Access Monday, 20 February 2017

For the spring semester, two introductory classes on ZORA and Open Access will take place for the first time. Up to now, the introductory classes were held only in the autumn semester, but we would like to respond to the increasing demand for classes. The class 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.
ZORA is the host of 100,000 publications Friday, 17 February 2017

Since today, ZORA hosts 100,000 publications written by UZH researchers and the University hospitals. The hundred thousandth publication comes from the Cardiocentro Ticino and is Open Access available from 1 May 2017. 57 % of all 100’000 publications in ZORA are available with full texts, 36% are even Open Access. Overall, the download figures in ZORA are currently at just over 5.2 million. Most of the users of ZORA come from Germany, followed by Switzerland and the USA.

Milestones in ZORA

25'000th publication Dec. 6, 2010
50'000th publication Feb. 6, 2013
75'000th publication Jan. 20, 2015
100'000th publication Feb. 17, 2017
Deadline for publications from 2016 ends on Feb 2, 2017 Tuesday, 07 February 2017

The deadline for the submission of publications to ZORA for the annual report 2016 is February 15, 2017. For all publications submitted until this date, we give you the guarantee that these publications will appear in the annual report 2016 until final delivery.

Thank you for your cooperation.

See also our announcement from Dec. 8, 2016.

National Open Access Strategy adopted by swissuniversities Tuesday, 07 February 2017

At its plenary assembly on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Higher Education Institutions, adopted a national Open Access Stategy. The strategy aims that until 2024 all publicly funded publications should be freely accessible by everyone. The vision of Switzerland is based on current European models, which are also committed to the free access of their scientific publications. The OA strategy contains defined action fields which are intended to achieve the goal of Open Access. This strategy has been commissioned by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SBFI) in collaboration with the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and will now be submitted for approval to the Swiss Conference of Higher Education Institutions (SHK).



Press release swissuniversities

PDF OA strategy swissuniversites

Website of swissuniversities on Open Access

Press release SNSF

UZH supports Open Library of Humanities Library Partnership Subsidy program Monday, 19 December 2016

Starting from 2017, the University of Zurich is the first Swiss University to support the Open Library of Humanities.
The Open Library of Humanities is a charitable organisation, which is a gold open access, peer-reviewed, scientific mega-journal and also a multi-journal platform for journals in the humanities. It is funded by a worldwide library consortium of more than 200 libraries. This consortia financing model means that there are no author-facing charges (APCs).

OLH Press release OLH, Dec. 14, 2016
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Was meinen Forschende der UZH zu Open Access?

Open Access-Statements

Prof. Dr. Ernst Fehr

Ernst Fehr

"Ich bin der festen Überzeugung, dass die freie Zugänglichkeit zu wissenschaftlichen Ergebnissen eine entscheidende Rolle spielt, wenn es darum geht, Forschung in jeglichen Bereichen voranzutreiben. Meine Forschung stütze ich immer auf die Ergebnisse von Kolleginnen und Kollegen - die einfache Zugänglichkeit zu ihren Arbeiten erleichtert meine eigenen Experimente und Untersuchungen ungemein. [...]"


Prof. Dr. Ernst Fehr, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre

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