No Publishing Contract

If no contrary copyright agreements have been made with the publisher, the law governing the Swiss Code of Obligations apply to authors resident in Switzerland when depositing in ZORA:

  • Scientific papers, as far as they delve into a topic, e.g. Journal articles or book contributions, may be deposited in an open repository three months after its publication (Art. 382 Abs. 3 OR)
  • Topicality related reports, e.g. newspaper articles, may be deposited in an open repository at any time (Art. 382 Abs. 2 OR)
  • Other works such as monographs or textbooks may not be deposited in an open repository in competition with the publisher as long as the circulation is not out of print  (Art. 382 Abs. 1 OR). Incorrectly quotable versions that do not mean real competition are allowed: e.g. files without original page numbers in subjects in which pages are quoted exactly.

In these cases an author version without publisher logos and publisher page numbers (accepted manuscript) is certainly permitted. In the opinion of the legal opinion of Prof. Dr. med. Reto Hilty and Dr. Matthias Seemann the version published by the publisher (publisher's PDF) can also be used, but without trademark protected proprietary logos.