The consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries negotiates licences with publishers for access to digital publications on behalf of Swiss universities. Almost all Swiss universities are included in consortium licences for the major scientific publishers. Consortium licences with Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley have a total annual value of approximately CHF 22.4 million.
At the beginning of 2018, the universities asked swissuniversities and the consortium to negotiate so-called Read and Publish deals with these publishers. These contracts guarantee access to a publisher's licensed journals. In addition, they cover the costs for open access publication. The switch to open access should be cost-neutral for Swiss universities.
swissuniversities publicised its negotiation strategy and objectives and the make-up of its negotiating team at the beginning of 2018. Since 2020, the Swiss National Science Foundation has also been part of the renewed negotiating team.