OAPEN-CH - the Impact of Open Access on Scientific Monographs in Switzerland
Pilot study found that providing a digital edition that is freely available on the Internet increases the trackability, visibility and use of monographs. The study also finds that open access does not have a negative impact on printed book sales.
The Swiss universities are negotiating with the world’s three largest scientific publishers for fair – in other words affordable – terms of access. Michael Hengartner, president of swissuniversities and UZH, explains the background.
Around half of researchers already publish their work with open access, according to a comprehensive survey carried out by the Main Library of the University of Zurich. Besides a number of positive results, the survey also revealed a need for more information.
With some 173,000 articles during the period 2011-2015, Switzerland produced 1% of worldwide publications. It is therefore in the top 20 countries of all sizes that publish the most scientific articles.
Open Access, Data Capitalism and Academic Publishing
There is a significant discrepancy between the reality of academic publishing and the optimism of politicians and science functionaries who praise Open Access as a panacea for all the ills afflicting science culture.
The Secrets of a Surprisingly High Citations Success
Switzerland appears to have three key factors for success in getting a surprisingly high proportion of its researchers’ articles cited in the scientific literature: it’s a small country, it’s research investment is large compared to other countries, and importantly, its hosting of the Large Hadron Collider is a drawcard for collaborative research.
Federal Council Adapts Copyright Law to the Digital Age
With the revision to the Copyright Act, the Federal Council wants to strengthen the rights and interests of creative artists and the cultural industries by taking a resolute approach to pirated online content.