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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, May 2021

Dear colleagues,

Here is the latest issue of our newsletter, which informs you monthly about our program and its scope.


swissuniversities signs new Read&Publish contract with John Wiley & Sons

The agreement came into force on 1 January 2021 and is valid until 31 December 2024. From 1 May 2021, authors affiliated to swissuniversities member institutions and further institutional clients of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries will be able to publish their accepted research papers fully and immediately in Open Access in Wiley's nearly 1’400 hybrid journals under the Swiss agreement. In addition, this agreement provides full reading rights and permanent access to Wiley's journal portfolio for all researchers and students from the participating institutions.

The agreement will be available on the homepage of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries after a 30-day embargo. Further details on the scope of the agreement can be found here.

The negotiating parties also concluded a favourable agreement for the Cochrane Library. The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS/ASSM) continues to be the patron of this product. Read more here.

Media release


New link to SOSNet - Swiss Open Science Network

swissuniversities has set up an informal networking platform about Open Access and Open Science entitled SOSNet (Swiss Open Science Network).

Join us on SOSNet! (Link valid until 20.05.2021)


Video interviews

In this newsletter, we continue our video series and are featuring two new guests for our interviews.

Dr. Aude Bax de Keating, Portfolio Manager at swissuniversities, conducts two interviews with Dr. Adeline Rege and Dr. Dominique Roche, both members of the swissuniversities Reviewers Pool. Who are they and what are their professional activities? Why did they join the Reviewers Pool as reviewers? What are according to them some of the current exciting initiatives in the field of Open Science?

Eager to find out more? Feel free to click here:

Dr. Adeline Rege
Dr. Dominique Roche




The DMLawTool is a decision-tree tool developed by the Università della Svizzera italiana in collaboration with the University of Neuchâtel within the P-5 program “Scientific Information” of swissuniversities. The tool has been officially launched at the end of March, 2021, and is available to everyone for free.

The DMLawTool guides researchers through the most relevant legal aspects of research data management and proposes possible solution approaches to copyright and data protection issues. The tool can be accessed under

You can find further available Resources under these links:
Explanation of DMLawTool Functionalities (Video)
Case of how the DMLawTool can be used (Video)
Repository / Source Code



From our partner network SwissCore: Open Science in Focus of Horizon Europe

The quality of the proposed Open Science practices will be a criterion for evaluation under the methodology part of all proposals within Horizon Europe (exception: the ERC does not evaluate Open Science practices). Horizon Europe distinguishes between mandatory and incentivized Open Science practices. The Model Grant Agreement requires the following conditions:

  • Open Access (OA) to scientific publications at the latest upon publication (no embargo) by deposition in a trusted repository under CC BY license or equivalent. Metadata must be open under CC 0 or equivalent. Beneficiaries must retain sufficient IP rights. Publication fees are only covered for full OA venues (no hybrid journals).
  • RDM is compulsory and a data management plan must be submitted within 6 months of the start of a project with regular updates. Data must be deposited in a trusted repository and be OA under CC BY or CC 0 license. Beneficiaries must grant digital or physical access to data or results provided legitimate interests are safeguarded.
  • Additional obligations might apply in public emergencies or in specific calls.

With the Open Research Europe Platform (ORE), the Commission offers a free open access venue for publication to H2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries. In line with Open Science practices, the Commission is no longer evaluating publications based on journal impact factors, but on the basis of a qualitative assessment.

For further information about Horizon Europe, please contact our colleagues from Euresearch.

SWITCH: Which e-ID does Switzerland need?

On March 7, Switzerland rejected a bill for the introduction of an e-ID. After the rejection, new solutions must be found. As a neutral and independent foundation of the Swiss universities, SWITCH wants to bring the benefits of its work to wider circles and help shape our digital world in the interests of society. The need for an e-ID for Switzerland remains undisputed. Learn more


Various reports

  • FAIRsFAIR & OpenAIRE Workshop presentations & recording focusing on developing RDM & FAIR data skills: see here
  • Recommendations and report of the EOSC Skills and Training Working Group: see here
  • Open Science Community Starter Kit: see here
  • Openness Profile: Modelling research evaluation for open scholarship: see here
  • Relevant article highlighting «Fifteen journals to outsource peer-review decisions »: see here



We invite you to contribute to the newsletter with your news. These can be events, vacancies or news on current topics. You can send us your suggestions by the first Monday of each month to

Best regards
Team Open Science, swissuniversities


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