Open Access (OA)

As publicly funded institutions the four research institutes within the ETH domain are committed to disseminating their research and scholarship as widely as possible. In line with these considerations Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL have signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. Additionally an OA Policy has been implemented by Eawag (intranet only) and Empa (intranet only) to support OA to the publications of its researchers in the firm belief that this maximises the visibility, chances of usage and impact of research outputs.

In recent years the large national and international funders of the sciences have started to oblige recipients of funds to make their scientific publications publicly accessible on the internet as OA publications. Examples are the requirements of SNSF, ERC and H2020, and many others.

There are two different Open Access strategies:

  • The green road – self archiving – describes the simultaneous or subsequent archiving of digital publications on an institutional or disciplinary OA document server. Lib4RI provides DORA for the researchers at Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL. This is a secondary publication, mostly as accepted version, in addition to the publication of the “version of record” in traditional, subscription-based journals. The vast majority of publishers allow this green road of OA. For most academic journals you will find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement in SHERPA/RoMEO.
  • The golden road – publishing – describes the first publication of scientific articles in OA journals. There are more than 10.000 OA journals listed in the DOAJ and several thousands of OA journals are already covered by Web of Science and Scopus. These articles go through a quality control process in the form of a peer review. Most OA publishers charge publication fees which the author (author fees) or their institution (institutional fees) pays. There is a fund in place to support researchers at Eawag, Empa and WSL (intranet only) and also from various funders (see e.g. at SNSF or H2020 ).

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