Open Access for employees

FAQ Open Access for employees

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Where do my publications appear?

There are essentially two places where all publications by SFUVET staff appear: the SFUVET website (together with links to people, projects, highlighted topics) and the Zenodo repository if they are research publications. In both cases, it is possible to access all or part of the given publication directly.

What is a scientific publication?
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Als wissenschaftliche Publikation gelten im Open Access alle Publikationen, welche mit öffentlichen Geldern finanziert (z.B. im Rahmen von SNF Projekten) werden. Die Publikationen erscheinen in der Regel in (peer-reviewten) Fachzeitschriften und Sammelbänden. Auch Monographien können unter die Open Access Regelung der EHB fallen. Artikel, die in Publikationsorganen erscheinen, welche sich an ein Praxispublikum richten (Magazine, Medien), sind nicht betroffen. Für EHB-Publikationen gilt (siehe Tabelle):


What must a complete publication reference contain?
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Bitte alle verfügbaren Angaben melden:

Green & Gold Open Access

Was bedeutet «green Open Access» und wie funktioniert der Prozess

Für Mitarbeitende der EHB ist der grüne Weg erfüllt, wenn via SUPERFORMULAR die Metadaten der Publikation und eine Vorversion eingereicht wurden, welche dann im Repositorium erscheinen. Ist die Veröffentlichung einer Vorversion gemäss Verlag nicht möglich, gilt als Minimalanforderung das Einreichen eines Abstracts (via SUPERFORMULAR).

What does ‘preliminary version’ mean (also ‘aam’, ‘preprint’, ‘postprint’ etc.)?

Was bedeutet gold Open Access und wie ist der Prozess?

Für Mitarbeitende der EHB ist der goldene Weg erfüllt, wenn via SUPERFORMULAR die Metadaten der Publikation und der Volltext (version of record) eingereicht wurden, welche dann im Repositorium erscheinen. Möglicherweise ist die Veröffentlichung des Volltextes gemäss Verlag an eine Embargofrist geknüpft. Dann gilt als Minimalanforderung das Einreichen eines Abstracts (via Superformular), die Angabe der Embargofrist und der Volltext, welcher erst im Repositorium erscheint, wenn die Frist abgelaufen ist.

What are the minimum requirements?

SFUVET's Open Access requirements are met if at least the metadata (all information about the publication, such as author, title, publisher, etc.) and an abstract (brief description of the content) have been made accessible in the OA repository. In many cases, it is possible for the full-text version of record to be made accessible after an embargo period has passed.

Authors can enter all of this information on the SUPER FORM.


When do I need to fill out a SUPER FORM?

In accordance with SFUVET’s Open Access Policy, authors are still required to submit a SUPER FORM as soon as their publication appears

How do I find out what rules apply to my publication?

Publication contracts with publishers should include information regarding secondary publication rights. Often the contractual provisions can also be found on the websites of the publishers. If there is uncertainty regarding the legal situation, authors are asked to contact the publisher directly to obtain the necessary information.

Publisher copyright and open access archiving policies:


Who can I contact if I am unsure what rules apply to my publication?
  • The publishers themselves know best how secondary publication rights are handled. We suggest that you first read the publication contract and/or consult the website of the publisher. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you can contact the publisher by e-mail or telephone.
  • Alternatively, you can also find more information at Sherpa Romeo is an online resource operated by SHERPA that provides information about copyright law and the open access self-archiving policies of scientific journals. The database uses a colour coding scheme to classify publishers according to their self-archiving policy.
  • SFUVET's Open Access Office is available to help clarify rights.
  • Contact: @email


Does SFUVET provide funding for Open Access publications?

SFUVET provides funding to cover such things as article processing charges (APC) for OA publications. This funding is provided following consultation with one's supervisor/national head of R&D Division.

Where do I find suitable Open Access journals for my area of expertise?

Open Access - Journals
Open Access - Books   


What is the ReroDoc repository?
  • 'REseau ROmand' (RERO) is the association of public libraries in the French-speaking region of Switzerland. As a public service and an instrument of public documentation policy, it is supported by policymakers as well as academic and cultural authorities in the French-speaking region of Switzerland.
  • Developed by RERO, ReroDoc is a repository, a search interface and an online library. It enables users to find information and documents from different sources through a single search interface. The repository contains publications from institutions all over Switzerland, including SFUVET.


Is it enough for my publications to appear on ReserachGate or on my personal website?

Publishing on platforms such as ResearchGate or Academia does not satisfy the SNSF's Open Access criteria, as users are required to register on these platforms, thus contradicting the principle of open access. These platforms also pursue economic goals by monetising user data, which the SNSF does not endorse. Even the publication of works on one's own website does not satisfy the SNSF's OA criteria, as the long-term accessibility of such texts is not guaranteed. Here, SFUVET follows the SNSF’s OA guidelines and requires its staff to self-archive their publications in accordance with green or gold OA requirements.

What is Open Data?

Like Open Access, Open Data means that research data should be open and accessible to all, i.e. researchers and society as a whole. Open access to research data is seen as an essential contribution to the impact, transparency and reproducibility of scientific research. Research data should therefore not only be carefully prepared and archived, but should also be made accessible to the largest possible extent.

For example, the SNSF expects all researchers who receive SNSF funding to:

  • keep an archive of the research data on which they worked and which they produced during their research activities;
  • make the research data available to other researchers, provided that there are no legal, ethical or copyright issues, confidentiality clauses or similar constraints;
  • publish their data and metadata in existing public databases in formats that allow anyone interested to find, access and re-use them without restriction.

Research data is factual material that has been collected, observed or generated and is generally considered by the research community to be necessary for the documentation and validation of research findings.

Where can or must I archive my research data?

SFUVET does not give researchers any instructions as to where they should archive their research data. This means that researchers are free to choose or apply established practices in their discipline. For social sciences, for example, data can be archived to the FORS database.

I have a question that hasn’t been answered here. Who do I contact?

Open Access Office
SFUVET Library, Zollikofen