Posted by: bluesyemre | December 5, 2016

Transitioning the publication system towards #OpenAccess: Study proposes pragmatic scenario


For the first time, a study has developed scenarios for restructuring transitioning Switzerland’s scientific publication system towards Open Access (OA). The study was initiated by the SNSF in collaboration with the Scientific Information programme (SUC P-2) run by swissuniversities. It recommends a model that proposes a pragmatic and flexible way of making publicly funded research freely available at no charge and with no delay.

In 2015, the libraries at Switzerland’s universities paid a total of 70 million Swiss francs in licences and subscriptions fees to publishing houses in order to make more than 2.5 million scientific articles available. Researchers scientists spent a further 6 million Swiss francs on article processing charges so they could have their results published in a scientific journal. These figures were generated by an initial analysis of cash financial flows in the Swiss highertertiary education system.

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