Swiss Open Access Monitor Goes Live


The Swiss Open Access Monitor went live in early September. The analysis of scientific publications shows that Switzerland is substantially advancing towards 100% Open Access (OA). Eawag, Empa, PSI, and WSL are among the Swiss institutions with the highest rate of OA publishing.

The Swiss Open Access Strategy envisages that all scholarly publications funded by public money must be freely accessible on the internet by 2024. To measure the progress of the implementation of Open Access in Switzerland, the Swiss Open Access Monitor has been developed. The website went online in early September and provides insight into the share of OA publications at individual scientific institutions in Switzerland as well as on a national level.

Switzerland is making great progress towards the goal of 100% Open Access. While only 52% of all scientific articles were published OA in 2018, more than 68% of articles were freely available on the internet in 2021 (Fig. 1). On the other hand, it is obvious that a lot of effort is still needed to achieve the ambitious goal of 100% Open Access by 2024.
Fig. 1: Open vs. Closed Access articles in Switzerland 2018-2021.

The four research institutes Eawag, Empa, PSI, and WSL are among the institutions with the highest share of Open Access in Switzerland: between 72% to 86% of all journal articles published in 2018-2021 are available Open Access (Fig. 2). Many of the gold and hybrid OA publications were supported by one of our OA agreements or the Lib4RI OA fund. However, the higher OA share of publications at Eawag, Empa, PSI, and WSL in comparison to other institutions in Switzerland has mainly be achieved through the “green route” to Open Access, namely researchers archiving accepted manuscripts of papers in DORA. And there is still potential for more Open Access! Most of the Closed Access articles in DORA can be converted to Open Access just by submitting an accepted manuscript version of the article to @email. Closed access articles of your organizational unit are easy to identify in DORA: Eawag | Empa | PSI | WSL
Fig. 2: Articles published at the four research institutes in 2018 to 2021.