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Open Access in brief

The most important facts about Open Access (in German):

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New „sharing policy“ by Elsevier restricts your authors‘ rights Friday, 21 August 2015

Dear researchers of the University of Zurich

On April 30 this year Elsevier, the world's largest scholarly publisher (listed on the stock exchange), put into effect a new „sharing policy" regarding authors' rights in scientific journals. Although presented by Elsever as an improvement, the new rules restrict your rights: when depositing full versions, i.e. accepted manuscripts, of your Elsevier publications in repositories such as ZORA (, the manuscripts may now only be made freely accessible after embargo periods up to 48 months, depending on the journal. Previously voluntary deposit in repositories was allowed without embargo period. The new rules unnecessarily hinder dissemination of scientific results and thereby research and innovation.

New classes for ZORA and Open Access online Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The introductory courses (in German) are aimed at ZORA Submitter, researchers and all those who want to learn more about ZORA and Open Access. You can learn about the publication cycle, the costs involved with publishing and how copyright issues can be handled. Furthermore the submitting workflow of publications in ZORA will be displayed.

The documentation of the course and further information you can find here.

ZORA doesn't have a holiday Tuesday, 14 July 2015

With the introduction of the statistics tool in ZORA the deposits of the publications in ZORA can be viewed for the first time. As the chart shows, there are little deposits from April to October - and peaks – from November to March. Please contribute to reduce the peak period from November to March by depositing the new publications of your institute to ZORA.

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FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Recently a FP7 Post-Grant Gold Open Access Pilot has been launched by the European Commission in cooperation with the OpenAIRE2020 project. Gold Open Access costs can be reimbursed under certain conditions for FP7 projects finished no longer than two years ago. A policy outlines the conditions to receive reimbursements for publications. The conditions of the Policy summarized:

Open Access Days 2015 in Zurich Tuesday, 02 June 2015

From 7th to 8th September this year's 9th Open Access Days will take place at the University of Zurich and is hosted by the Main Library of the University of Zurich. The program includes lectures and discussions on the topics of research data, establishment of Open Access journals, Open Access at colleges, funding of Open Access as well as the change in the scientific communication through Open Access.

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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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