OA in Switzerland

National Open Access Strategy

Open Access has gained substantial momentum all over Switzerland since the end of 2015. The State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation asked the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (swissuniversities) in a letter to take the lead in formulating a national Open Access strategy, also involving the Swiss National Science Foundation. Swissuniversities approved the strategy at the end of January 2017, and developed an action plan for implementing measures in various areas. You will find an overview and further information (in German and French) on the swissuniversities website.

Swiss National Science Foundation

The largest public source of funding for academic research in Switzerland requires that those receiving grants publish their research Open Access. This rule has applied to traditional publications since 2007 (more information: publication grants), and since 2017 to research data as well.

Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS)

Of all the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the SAHS is particularly active when it comes to Open Access. In 2008 the SAHS published a position paper, and in 2016 passed a strategy to make Open Access a reality for its subsidiaries' scholarly journals. Further information: http://www.sagw.ch/sagw/laufende-projekte/open-access.html

Conference of Swiss University Libraries (KUB)

Ensuring an efficient and sustainable supply of information for research and teaching is a core task of university libraries. With this in mind, the Conference of Swiss University Libraries advocates and supports national and international efforts to establish Open Access to research results.

KUB-Statement on Open Access (German)

KUB-Statement on Open Access – Details and Concretization (German)


The OpenAIRE project from the EU's FP7, Horizon2020, and FP9 programs helps recipients of grants comply with Open Access, Open Data, and Research Data Management guidelines. The Main Library at the University of Zurich is involved in the project. There is an overview page https://www.openaire.eu/item/switzerland providing information and a contact point (National Open Access Desk) for Switzerland.

Further information: OpenAIRE2020

Open-access.net Information Platform

The open-access.net platform provides comprehensive information on matters related to Open Access, as well as practical help with its implementation. It is geared to all the relevant players in the scientific and scholarly field. The platform offers Switzerland-specific content in regard of Legal Issues that can be accessed via the direct link https://open-access.net/en/information-on-open-access/legal-issues/legal-issues-in-switzerland.