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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, December 2023

Dear colleagues,

We’re happy to share with you updates related to Open Access and Open Research Data tools and events, as well as the latest news from the swissuniversities Open Science Programme.

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Would you like to announce your OA or ORD event or share an update from your Open Science project? We invite you to send us your news item to by 8 Jan 2024 for the January Newsletter.

Many thanks and best regards,

The Open Science Team of swissuniversities


Newly opened call B3.2: ORD funding for existing research infrastructures of strategic relevance

The aim of Measure B3 is to allocate cost-effective, long-term funding for ORD services and infrastructures of national significance. The call B3.2 welcomes project proposals that aim to promote ORD either by introducing a new ORD element or by further developing an ORD component in existing research infrastructures. If possible, and to avoid duplication, synergies with other existing infrastructures should be sought.

The call is open to existing infrastructures of all institutions eligible for funding that fulfill specific conditions (cf. Application Guidelines).

Submission deadline: 22 February 2024: Link to the application guidelines


Call for Open Access Projects 2023 – Newly funded projects 

The Delegation Open Science has selected three projects for the Open Access Call, following the recommendations of the Open Science Reviewers’ Pool. Two projects have to fulfil conditions before they can start. Of the selected projects, two focus on the action line on alternative forms of publication, while one project centres on establishing shared services and e-infrastructures and participation to international initiatives.

Find here the list of approved projects, along with their abstracts, can be found.


Out now: Background Report Open Access Strategy

The Delegation Open Science is currently conducting a review of the Swiss National Strategy on Open Access. In order to prepare and structure the revision of the Open Access Strategy, a comprehensive Background Report was prepared by the Advisory Committee to the Strategy Review and the swissuniversities general secretariat. The recently published report covers the following:

  • a situation and context analysis on OA in Switzerland presented in accordance with the dimensions of both the current Swiss National OA Strategy and the Action Plan, supplemented by further dimensions observed in the current OA landscape.
  • Overview of key issues to take into account for the OA Strategy Review
  • Key documents on OA scholarly publications


Update on the negotiations with Elsevier

The mandating institutions were again informed about the current negotiations with Elsevier. The negotiations with Elsevier have not yet resulted in a mutually acceptable agreement. As the current agreement ends on 31 Dec 2023, preparations were put in place for a scenario without agreement as of 2024. The consortium of university libraries has worked closely with its ‘Working Group’ to prepare information and documents so that the mandating institutions can then undertake the necessary preparations:

Meanwhile, the negotiation team continues its effort to find a solution with Elsevier.


31st January 2024: Open Access Strategy Review

Presentation of the draft of the revised Open Access Strategy by two members of the Advisory Committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger, Vice President Faculty Affairs and Scientific Information, University of Zurich
  • Christine Pirinoli Vice-rectrice Recherche et Innovation, HES-SO

Venue: University of Bern, Uni S, Time: 14h-17h

Places are limited. Please register until 8 January 2024.


7 February 2024: Next lecture of the Swiss Year of Scientometrics (SYoS)

We kindly invite you to the third lecture of SYoS organised in collaboration with EPFL. The lecture will be held by Dr Elizabeth Gadd (Loughborough University, UK) on “The responsible assessment of open science”.

Please send an email to register.

The first half of the Swiss Year is already over, read in the blog what has happened so far:


Swiss Reproducibility Award 2024: Call for Nominations 

The goal of the Swiss Reproducibility Award is to support and highlight research output of early career researchers as well as research teams who adhere to the highest standards of rigour, transparency and reproducibility. The SNSF and SwissRN invite nominations for different award categories.

You can find all details about the nomination for the reproducibility award on the conference website

Self-nomination is encouraged. Deadline for submission is 27th February 2024.

Contact: Please direct any questions to SwissRN at


SWISS REPRODUCIBILITY CONFERENCE 2024: Call for Contributed Talks and Posters 

The Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Reproducibility Network invite you to submit abstracts for the Swiss Reproducibility Conference, taking place June, 10 - 11, 2024 in Zürich.

The aim of the conference is to bring together world-leading experts in the field of reproducible research with researchers from all career levels, including early career researchers, and from all disciplines to engage with and learn from each other how to make research more rigorous, transparent and reproducible. The programme includes themed sessions on reproducibility and replication, transparency and open scholarship, and meta-research as well as assessment. Already confirmed keynote speakers are:
- Prof. Anne-Laure Boulesteix, University München
- Prof. Christopher Chambers, Cardiff University
- Prof. Sarah de Rijcke, Leiden University
- Iolanda Pensa, PhD, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Abstract submission:

The SNSF and SwissRN kindly invite you to submit abstracts for contributed talks and posters. You can find all details about the call on

Deadline for submission is 27th February 2024.


Join Our Team: Exciting Job Opportunities at swissuniversities

Have a look at the open positions and internship opportunities in the areas of Higher Education Policy, Teaching, and Research and Development. 

More information can be found here

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