Publishing and Open Access

An OA publication allows you to reach the broadest possible readership: fellow researchers, practitioners or potential partners. You can also take advantage of the funding opportunities offered by research promotion agencies and programmes.

What is Open Access?

Open Access publications ensure that scientific findings are freely available to a broad public. Basically, there are two Open Access models: the “Green Road” and the “Gold Road”.

Green Road

The Open Access green road, also known as self-archiving or green Open Access, refers to the practice of publishing scientific documents, either post-prints or pre-prints, in institutional or disciplinary repositories. A large number of scientific publishers allow this practice, but authors are required to clarify the situation in advance with their first publisher according to their respective publishing agreements.

Gold Road

The Open Access gold road, also known as gold Open Access, refers to the practice of publishing scientific documents in OA journals (or in an OA book publication). OA journals appear in the same way as conventional (closed access) electronic journals published by scientific publishers and undergo a peer review process.

The difference lies in how the journals are funded: conventional publishers finance their journals through subscriptions and pay-per-view, while gold Open Access charges the authors and/or the institutions they are affiliated to. This means that gold OA publications are freely available to anyone.

Caveat: Hybrid Open Access

Hybrid Open Access refers to the strategy adopted by conventional publishers of providing unrestricted access to some of the content in their subscription-based journals. In practice, this means that authors can ‘buy the freedom’ of their own articles by paying a high publication fee (also called an article processing charge or APC).

For the author’s institution and the scientific community, this effectively means paying twice for the same publication: their regular subscription to the journal, and the additional publication fee. For this reason, hybrid Open Access is regarded as a very controversial practice.

Open Access at the ZHAW

Open Access Policy

The ZHAW Executive Board adopted an OA policy on 22 October 2015. The ZHAW commits to publishing its scientific findings according to the principles of Open Access in order to make them freely available to a broad public, provided that no legal restrictions apply.

All ZHAW members are asked to deposit a version of their publications in the institutional repository ZHAW digitalcollection. Primary OA publications are endorsed by the ZHAW and supported by the University Library as point of contact for Open Access.

Additional Open Access mandates and funding

Open Access publishing

How and where to publish in a green Open Access journal

The University's institutional repository ZHAW digitalcollection is available for secondary publications. The accompanying Wiki gives background information, FAQ, instructions and advice on publication terms. Please address any questions concerning a publication to the below-mentioned contact.

The databases SHERPA/RoMEO and Journal Database (JDB) provide information on publishing conditions for secondary publications. There are also discipline-specific repositories which are worth considering for secondary publications.

Discipline-specific information is available on the information platform open-access.net.

ZHAW working papers

Working papers can also be published in the ZHAW digitalcollection.

The ZHAW Schools and/or Institutes act as editors and ensure the quality of ZHAW working papers.

How and where to publish in a gold Open Access journal

Basically, gold OA publication platforms have the same requirements, such as reliability and evaluation in a discipline-specific database as conventional journals and publishers. Please contact us if you have any questions about specific offers, journals or publishers.

The University Library supports ZHAW researchers with funding for gold Open Access (OA) publishing through membership agreements with publishers. Nowadays, there are also many renowned specialised journals that do not charge publishing fees.

Resources for OA platforms

Information platform open-access.net
offers a range of publication platforms according to discipline. 

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
lists quality-controlled OA journals.

University of Zurich directory
lists well-known OA journals

Open Access Membership

The University Library is currently a member of the OA publishers BiomedCentral and SpringerOpen to facilitate the publication of articles in gold OA journals.

Here, ZHAW researchers can publish their articles in peer-reviewed journals from all disciplines. The publication fees (article processing charges, APC) are covered by the University Library as long as the central budget set aside for this purpose lasts.

Open Access searches