Open Access

UNIGE in action

The scientific approach has always been based on knowledge sharing. All significant progress has been based on exchanges of views. To capitalize the full potential of scientific communities it is essential to allow an egalitarian access to science.

The University of Geneva is co-signatory, through the Chamber of universities (now swissuniversities), of the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities” (https://openaccess.mpg.de/Berlin-Declaration). Open Access publication is one of its strategic objectives. Its policy is in line with the requirements of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the national strategy for Open Access, and meets the publication requirements of European projects, such as the FP7 or Horizon 2020, or the League of European Research Universities (LERU). It is committed to disseminating the results of its research as widely as possible and is taking a national leadership role in the SCOAP3 initiative.

The University requires its researchers to deposit a full version of all publications in its Archive ouverte UNIGE created to promote institutional exchange and collaboration, according to the recommandations of the Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR), without restricting the freedom to publish research.

In order to promote the visibility of its scientific production the University encourages the members of the academic staff as well as PhDs students to publish the results of their research in open access journals, if a quality journal of this type is available, in order to increase their dissemination. A publication fund was created in 2018 to cover part of the costs, and agreement are negociated with publishers to give discounts on publication fees (APC) to authors.

For all publications, but especially those published in usual journals which generally require the termination to the publisher of all commercial rights through a Copyright Transfer Agreement, authors are encouraged to complete the contract with an addendum. It is a legal instrument amending the conditions of the publishers and allow the authors to keep their key rights on the publications.