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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, February 2022

Dear colleagues,

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

For any question you may have, please feel free to contact us at the following address: 



Call for Projects – Open Action Lines for 2022

The Open Science Program from swissuniversities welcomes applications from eligible higher education institutions focusing on the following action lines by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

  1. Setting up of shared services & e-infrastructures
  2. International participations
  3. Alternative forms of publication
  4. Research Assessment

More information regarding the action lines and the requirements are available in the document "Open Action Lines for the 2022 Open Access Call for Projects".

All information about this call will be published under this link.


Please kindly note that our Open Access contacts at Swiss higher education institutions are available on our website. Please feel free to contact us in case there are any changes.


Call for Reviewers – National Program Open Science I (2021-2024)

The National Open Science Program, with an allocated budget of 11 million CHF for the period 2021-2024, will match another 11 million CHF invested by the Swiss higher education institutions themselves on their way to achieve the goals of the Open Access Implementation Plan. The phase A of this program focusing on Open Access (OA) will be completed by a phase B focusing on Open Research Data (ORD) starting in 2022.

The Open Science (OS) Delegation of swissuniversities is in charge of managing this program and is recruiting between 15 and 20 experts in Open Science to expand the existing Open Science Reviewers’ Pool whose mission is to assess the quality, impact and the relevance of proposals using an anonymized open peer review process.

More information on the requirements for expertise, suitability and skills, as well as the recruitment process deadlines, are summarised in the following documentation.

Dr. Beat Immenhauser will renew his role as President of the Reviewers Pool for the year 2022. For more information regarding the Reviewers Pool from swissuniversities, feel free to check our website


Call for Tenders – Regulatory Framework

The Open Science Program will soon launch the call for tenders Regulatory Framework (action line 3.2.2 of the OA Implementation Plan) which foresees a comprehensive legal analysis focusing mainly on an alternative approach for a secondary publication right. This call for tenders will be open to potential bidders who have been selected by the delegation Open Science at its last January meeting and who will be invited by letters to submit an offer. This invitation procedure complies with public procurement law.

All information about the call will be published under this link.


Swiss Scientific institutions adopt the Open Research Data Strategy Action Plan

The Open Research Data (ORD) Action Plan specifies the measures of the ORD Strategy published in July 2021. It represents a further step for swissuniversities, the ETH Board, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) as well as the Academies of Arts and Sciences towards facilitating access to research data and thus Open Science.

More information is available here.




From RERO DOC to FOLIA: a new institutional repository for the University of Fribourg and the University of Teacher Education Fribourg

The FOLIA (Fribourg Open Library and Archive) platform is online! FOLIA is the new institutional repository of the University of Fribourg and the University of Teacher Education Fribourg. More than 10'000 documents, previously accessible on the digital library RERO DOC, have been successfully migrated to this new platform. FOLIA is based on the SONAR Dedicated solution of the RERO+ Foundation and is managed by the Cantonal and University Library of Fribourg.

You can now find hundreds of scientific articles, dissertations or research reports at, freely accessible in Open Access!

The RERO+ Foundation is a Swiss competence center for libraries. It develops open source solutions to meet the needs of professionals and the public, including SONAR and RERO ILS

Cantonal and University Library of Fribourg

RERO+ Foundation


A Collaborative Initiative for Platinum Open Access: Launch of the PLATO Project

On January 1, 2022, the «Platinum Open Access Funding» project (PLATO) started. For this project, six Swiss universities – the University of Zurich, the University of Bern, the University of Geneva, the University of Neuchâtel, the Zurich University of the Arts and ETH Zurich – have joined forces as partners to develop a sustainable funding model for Platinum Open Access publications in Switzerland.

PLATO is co-financed by swissuniversities within the framework of the Open Access Program P-5.

More information is available here.




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 OS projects or mandates taking place in Switzerland and abroad. In order to be included in our upcoming newsletter, feel free to send us the English title and text to at the latest by the first Monday of each month.

With thanks and best regards,
The Open Science Team from swissuniversities

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