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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, November 2022

Dear colleagues,

Here is the latest issue of our newsletter in English, which informs you regularly about our programme and its scope: From general updates on the Open Science Programme, to Open Access and Open Research Data tools, events, and open positions.

Subscribe to our newsletter here, to receive monthly news from the field of open science.

We invite you to contribute to the newsletter with your own news. Your news can be Open Science events, conferences, workshops, open positions, and relevant news related to Open Science projects or mandates taking place in Switzerland and abroad. Send us the English title and text of your news item to at the latest by the first Monday of each month.

With thanks and best regards,

The Open Science Team of swissuniversities




Second chance to apply as a reviewer for the Open Science Reviewers’ Pool 

The programme Open Science I, Phase B – ORD implements those action lines of the ORD Action Plan that are under the responsibility of swissuniversities. The Delegation Open Science leads the implementation of the programme on behalf of the swissuniversities Board. Open calls for proposals can be viewed here.

The Delegation Open Science of swissuniversities is recruiting Junior Researchers with Expertise in ORD to expand the existing Open Science Reviewers’ Pool. The tasks of these reviewers is to assess the quality, impact and relevance of proposals using an anonymised open peer review process.

The skills requirements, the expectations, as well as the recruitment process, are detailed in this document. Please send your application to  by 8 December 2022.


Swiss Open Research Data Grants

swissuniversities and the ETH Domain jointly organise the Swiss Open Research Data Grants programme. This collaboration enables coherent and broad bottom-up support for ORD practices across disciplines and higher education institutions in Switzerland, thereby facilitating synergies and complementarities.


  1. The second call for proposals for Track A “Explore projects” is now open and will close on 31 December 2022


    Track A encompasses early-phase exploration as well as the testing and prototyping of a potential ORD practice. It allows for engagement with a community without necessarily creating a final product. The objective is to help researchers explore if and how ORD practices can be developed.

    The application guidelines for Track A are available here. Proposals may be submitted until 31 December 2022 (12:00 CEST). Further information can be found on the Swiss Open Research Data Grants website.


  2. The first call for Track C “Contribute projects” closes on 1 December 

    Track C “Contribute projects” enable researchers to contribute to existing open communities built on ORD principles, validate their integration into existing infrastructures (also on an international scale), and focus on their potential to improve scientific impact and technical quality.

    The application guidelines for Track C are available here. Proposals may be submitted until 1 December 2022 (17:00 CEST).

    Corrigendum:  Please note that in our last newsletter, the deadline for Track C was incorrectly stated as 31 December 2022.

    The second call for proposals for Track C will be issued from 2 June 2023 to 2 August 2023.




Open Access Check Tool - A new solution for the Swiss research community

EPFL Library and University of Geneva Library are happy to present the Open Access Check Tool (OACT), an online resource that enables comparing Open Access publication conditions of research institutions, funders and scientific journals.

OACT allows Swiss researchers to decide where and how to publish their works in compliance with funders’ and institutional Open Access policies.

By gathering the relevant information from multiple sources and making it easily searchable through a simple web interface, the tool helps researchers and library personnel to quickly find well-suited publishing conditions.

While such tools already exist in several countries, OACT is tailored to the Swiss academic community's needs and collects the most relevant information concerning Open Access publishing for this audience.

The EPFL Library thanks swissuniversities for their funding within the P-5 Scientific Information Program, and UNIL and University of Bern for their support.

Publishing support services at EPFL





Open Science Prize 2022 of the University of Lucerne awarded to Dr. phil. Sebastian W. Hoggenmüller

As part of "Open Access Week", Sebastian W. Hoggenmüller was awarded the "Open Science Prize" of the University of Lucerne. In this interview, Sebastian provides insights into his projects and explains why he, as a researcher, advocates Open Access publications.




Diamond OA Publishing in Switzerland: Where we stand now and the road ahead
Online webinar |Thursday, February 23, 2023, 4–5 pm

► Registration for this event is free and can be submitted here.

Since the publication of the «OA Diamond Journal Study» in 2021 and the «Action Plan for Diamond Open Access» in March 2022, the movement towards community-led publishing that is free for both readers and authors has gained strong momentum, providing tail wind for discussions of alternative forms for open access publishing that highlight the limits and inherent inequalities of current models.

The «Platinum Open Access Funding» project (PLATO) is an initiative of six Swiss universities (University of Zurich, University of Bern, University of Geneva, University of Neuchâtel, ETH Zurich, Zurich University of Arts), co-financed by swissuniversities, to strengthen Diamond open access publishing in Switzerland.

From April to September 2022, PLATO in collaboration with the Bern University of Applied Sciences has undertaken a study on the current landscape of Diamond OA journals, its scope, infrastructures, challenges and opportunities. Based on the findings of this study, the PLATO project sets out to devise sustainable funding models for existing and upcoming journals as well as strategies for further developing Diamond OA publishing in Switzerland.

The webinar will give an overview of the key findings of the PLATO study and will give space for discussing the study as well as the opportunities and challenges ahead towards more equitable, affordable, and diverse scholarly publishing.

The PLATO Study Report will be published at the end of 2022 and will be sent out to all participants before the meeting.

Please contact Dr Daniela Hahn for more information regarding the webinar.

Since February 2022, Daniela Hahn is the project manager of the «Platinum Open Access Funding» project (PLATO) at the University of Zurich.




Scientific Collaborator (ORD Policy) - 100% |EPFL

You can find more information about the available position and this job offer here.

The National ORD Strategy Council (StraCo) is a high-level science policy body of Switzerland, created to oversee the implementation of the Swiss Open Research Data Strategy. It is composed of top-level decision makers from key institutions: the presidents of ETHZ and EPFL, the director of SNSF, the president of Swiss Academies, and 5 rectors or other senior executives from cantonal universities.

As an independent governance body formed jointly by the four principal national research actors (ETH Board, SNSF, swissuniversities, and Swiss Academies), the StraCo is an innovation in Swiss education, research and innovation (ERI) governance. As such, it ambitions to demonstrate novel capabilities for coordination, collaboration, and common policymaking in the space of Open Research Data / Open Science.

The StraCo is advised and supported by a Coordination Group (CoG) formed of expert staff from the institutions represented in the StraCo. It does not have an independent secretariat. 




The OLOS Association’s team ( is pleased to announce a new DevPro Research Data Management training, dedicated to DMP creation and a training dedicated to OLOS, its integrated data management solution, and set up by DevPro. 

OLOS (Swiss-based integrated data management solution) is the main deliverable of the Data Life-Cycle Management project, from swissuniversities P-5 Program. Its portal allows the long-term preservation of any kind of research data and documentation, and their access and reuse management. 

Both trainings are addressed to researchers, PhD students, research advisors, librarians, and opened to any person working with research data. 

Find below more information regarding the trainings and registration:




Subscribe to Open (S2O) pilot

To help pave the way for a broader Open Science ecosystem, Karger Publishers is introducing Subscribe to Open (S2O), converting two subscription journals to Open Access, and making three additional publications “Transformative Journals.”

More information can be found here.


NTA10 conference «Digitisation and culture», 14 – 16 November 2022, Bern

Digitisation and its diverse features have set major societal transformations in motion, and the impacts are felt in all areas of life – also in the cultural sphere. Here, the term “culture” is used in a general sense that covers locations, artists and cultural professionals, cultural formats, and expressions, as well as persons and institutions involved in cultural mediation.

What consequences does the digital transformation have for how an audience engages with the world through a cultural lens? What are the related implications for self-reflection? What does it mean that commercial platforms are increasingly used in cultural mediation – both for cultural diversity and for artists and cultural professionals?

These are some of the questions addressed at the 10th NTA conference in Bern, on 14–16 November 2022.

In case of content-related questions, please contact: Dr Jeannette Behringer, project leader NTA10, e-mail:

For questions on organisational matters, please contact: Claudia Lehmann, project assistant NTA10, e-mail:

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