More Autonomy and Inclusion in Publishing with Platinum Open Access
Community-driven publishing is on the rise. The PLATO Project is committed to strengthening it in Switzerland.
Platinum Open Access – often also called Diamond Open Access – stands for high quality, community-driven publishing which is free of charge for both authors and readers. Platinum Open Access therefore aims at creating an open, more inclusive and equitable access to knowledge without fee barriers and shifts the control over publication processes from traditional publishers to researchers.
What opportunities and challenges is Platinum Open Access publishing presented with, and how can these challenges be met?
Does Open Science benefit academic careers?
Open Science must be worthwhile! Under this premise, Dr. Karin Gilland Lutz and Dr. Mihaela Falub from the office of Gender Equality and Diversity are addressing the hiring process for professorial positions. In the HI-FRAME project, they are developing a procedure that systematically includes and rewards Open Science activities in the evaluation of applicants.
A Collaborative Initiative for Platinum Open Access
On January 1, 2022, the "Platinum Open Access Funding" project (PLATO) started. For this project, six Swiss universities – the University of Zurich, the University of Bern, the University of Geneva, the University of Neuchâtel, the Zurich University of the Arts and ETH Zurich – have joined forces as partners to develop a sustainable model for Platinum Open Access publications in Switzerland.
PLATO is co-financed by swissuniversities within the framework of the Open Science Program P-5.
Lunch & Learn event series on Open Science
The new Lunch&Learn Open Science event series is intended to provide members of the UZH with a brief overview of various aspects of Open Science on a monthly basis. We started on February 25, 2022 with Manuela Höfler and Katherine Hermans on the topic "UZH in the Open Science World: from Policy to Culture Change". In the months to come, topics such as Open Access, Rights Retention Strategy, Image Rights, Research Assessment and much more will be covered. The event is organized by the Open Science Services team of the University Library and takes place online during lunch on Zoom. Each event starts with a half-hour input talk at 12.30pm and closes with an open Q&A session until about 1.30pm.
UZN News: An Open Future
Legal expert Anne Schneuwly and molecular biologist Izaskun Mallona discuss what UZH’s new Open Science Policy means for their respective fields, together with Vice President Research Elisabeth Stark. The three scholars agree that the new policy increases transparency and quality.
Launch Open Science Game: "Open Up Your Research" - A Game about traditional or Open Science
During international Open Access Week 2021, the Main Library, the Center for Reproducible Science and the Open Science Office launched the Game "Open Up Your Research". You follow the researcher Emma on her way to a PhD and get to decide at each stage whether Emma should practice an open science approach or go the conventional route. What should Emma’s research process look like and what will await Emma at the end?
A Step Forward for Open Science: Policy Approved
The Executive Board of the University has approved the Open Science Policy. The guidelines are a further step toward establishing an open science culture as standard practice at UZH.
Main Library: New Courses about Open Data and Open Access
The main library offers new introductory and advanced courses this fall. The courses focus on issues around research data management, Open Access publishing and Open Science.
The offer is part of the P-8 program "Digital Skills for You". The program supports cross-disciplinary courses to strengthen digital skills in teaching.
More information on the website of the School for Transdisciplinary Studies
New Service: Open Access Monitor und App
The Main Library together with Central IT are offering researchers, faculties and institutes as well as libraries a new service: the Open Access Monitor: https://www.oamonitor.uzh.ch. Here you can find various thematically structured interactive dashboards that allow comprehensive assessments related to Open Access.
The Zurich Open Repository and Archive, ZORA, serves as the dataset. Every change in ZORA is immediately updated in the monitor.
Additionally, an Open Access App for Researchers is now available. The app was developed by Reto Gerber and Mark Robinson, Open Science Delegate. It allows researchers to tabulate their list of publications, including OA status, and overlap their profiles from the following sources: ORCID, Pubmed, Google Scholar and Publons.
Facilitating Open Science
Melanie Röthlisberger provides students and junior researchers with the tools they need to do Open Science. The linguist has been working in the Data Services & Open Access department of the Main Library since February 2021.
Interview with Vice President Elisabeth Stark on Open Science
Professor Elisabeth Stark was elected as the new Vice President Research at UZH in January 2021 and is thus also responsible for the Open Science office, among other things. The topic of Open Science is now becoming more important than ever among researchers, not least because of UZH’s future Open Science Policy.
5 Tipps For Your Data Management Plan
The Main Library’s Blog, 15 March 2021: 5 things to keep in mind that can make the writing of your Data Management Plan (DMP) easier and more successful. Furthermore, you find the most important information, links and templates for DMPs on the Main Library's website.
We're open. Are you?
We at UZH support Open Access. We commit to publishing Open Access in the future. This means that scientific papers will be freely accessible online to everyone as soon as possible.
Why is this important?
Open Access enables fast, free and sustainable access to scientific information for everyone and thus fosters scientific collaboration around the globe. The COVID-19 period made it clear how important free access to knowledge is in order to create equal opportunities in science and to solve global issues.