Open access

Developed since around 2005 and made possible by the development of IT infrastructures, Open Access has become an important scientific tool.

Open Access offers free access to scientific information on the internet in the form of peer-reviewed publications that have been reliably and permanently archived.

Publishing according to the principles of Open Access provides the copyright holders with a guarantee for their rights to their intellectual property, faster publication routes, lower production and distribution costs, greater visibility, and a higher frequency of quotation.

Open Access does not mean self-publishing or a method of circumventing the peer-review process and publication. Neither is it a second-class publication route.

Open Access platforms of partner universities


University of Fribourg

University of Geneva

University of Lausanne

University of Neuchâtel  

Other useful links

The SNSF dossier, including a detailed presentation and various resources: legal opinions, implementation recommendations, etc.
Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy  de Kathleen Fitzpatrick: an in-depth reflection, accessible on MediaCommons Press