The University of Zurich (UZH) is committed to free and Open Science practices that includes open exchange, transparency, reproducibility and accountability. The aim is to increase the quality and effectiveness of research as well as the benefits to society.
Open science becomes the guiding principle
On September 28, 2021, the executive board approved the Open Science Policy. It takes into account the National open access strategy of swissuniversities and the Open Science Roadmap of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
With this policy, the university creates the necessary conditions to be able to integrate the practices and values of an open academic culture into the structure of the UZH and its processes. The aim is to establish Open Science as the norm.
Recommendations for research and teaching
The policy describes a shared vision and offers recommendations for action on how Open Science can be integrated into academic practices and teaching at UZH. It also serves as a basis for UZH to promote an open scientific culture at the local, national and international level. The potential of open science can only be fully exploited if this approach becomes an integral part of research practice worldwide.
Priorities of the policy
The policy has three focal points:
Public and free access to scientific results and data, codes, teaching materials and publications is a core concern of open science.
2. Research methods
Research methods should improve the reproducibility, replicability, transparency, and efficiency of scientific results.
3. Culture change
Ultimately, the benefits of open science can only be fully reaped if there is a cultural change in university structures and in the way researchers work. This also includes the way in which scientific achievements are assessed.
Implementation of the policy
The various research disciplines play a central role in implementing the recommendations set out in the policy. Therefore, additional discipline-specific requirements can be defined.
In the coming months, the Open Science Team, the Vice President Research, the Open Science Committee and the Libraries will work together with the faculties to determine the need for additional support. The results will underpin the implementation plan.