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Open Science

Open Access in CH and the EU

Open Access in Switzerland

National Open Access Strategy

The Swiss Open Access strategy was developed in 2017 by swissuniversities on behalf of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and in collaboration with the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). It envisages that all publicly funded scientific publications should be openly available by 2024. 

swissuniversities: National OA Strategy

Swiss National Science Foundation

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) requires its grantees to make their publications and research data openly accessible. The SNSF has been a member of cOAlitionS since 2022
and is pushing for the abolition of embargo periods.

Open Access website of the SNSF

New requirements for grantees as of 1 January 2023

Questions about Open Access?

Open Access in Europe

Horizon 2020 / Horizon Europe 2021-2027

Horizon Europe is the EU's framework program for promoting research and innovation and the successor to the Horizon 2020 program. It commits its researchers to ensure open access to their publications.

Horizon Europe

Switzerland currently has the status of a non-associated third country with regard to "Horizon Europe". Researchers at Swiss institutions can participate in most collaborative projects, but not in individual projects. The federal government is aiming for full association and on its behalf the SNSF is continuously working out transitional solutions.

Current information from the federal government on the Horizon programs


The OpenAIRE research information platform is the most important European e-infrastructure for Open Science. It supports the EU's Horizon programmes with the aim of collecting all research results from EU-funded research and making them more reusable by implementing the FAIR principles.

The UZH repository ZORA is a certified source database for the platform and thus actively supports the linking of project information, publications and research data. In addition, the University Library of Zurich participates in the working groups of the OpenAIRE association together with more than 50 partners throughout Europe.


Weiterführende Informationen

Open Access Support

The University Library supports UZH researchers with their Open Access publications.