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New: All E-Dissertations in ZORA

13. July 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

Starting July 2018, the full texts of all e-dissertations of the University of Zurich will be archived in ZORA (Zurich Open Repository and Archive) instead of the ALEPH library system. The official task to collect the e-dissertations will remain with the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, whose Turicensia team will enter them into ZORA. The metadata is still gathered with the full text upload. The e-dissertations will be available both in ZORA and in the Rechercheportal.

Additional depositions by submitters will be reviewed and rejected. If the dissertation is also published as an article in a scientific journal or as a monograph, please create a separate item in ZORA.

Categories: Open Access

Advance notice: Closure of HBZ – Science in August/September

11. July 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

The Main Library – Science remains closed between 20.08.2018 – 16.09.2018. The reason for the closure is the integration of the Library of the Department of Geography into the Main Library – Science. During this time only a limited service can be offered. Further information will be announced at a later date.
Persons with 24/7 access have access to the building at all times. However, noise emissions are to be expected.

Our two other locations Main Library – Study Center and Main Library – Medicine Careum remain regularly open during this time.

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Springer Nature Experiments – new platform for Springer and Nature Protocols & Methods

11. July 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

With the new freely accessible platform Springer Nature Experiments you can search specifically for Springer and Nature Protocols & Methods:

  • Nature Methods
  • Nature Protocols
  • Springer Protocols
  • Protocol Exchange

The new platform offers researchers support for the search and evaluation of the Springer Nature protocols and methods portfolio. Lab techniques or specific model organisms are searchable.

The full texts are not available in the new platform, but are linked to the corresponding pages of Springer or Nature.
Important: The computer must be within the UZH network for full text access to the licensed Protocols & Methods.

The new platform replaces the site, which will be shut down on July 25. Further information on the transition is listed in this FAQ.

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Journal Citation Reports 2018 with Impact Factor 2017 in a new look

29. June 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

This week the Impact Factors 2017 were published in the new Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The JCR presents itself with a new entry page. The detailed pages of each journal has been revised.

The JCR 2018 includes 11’655 journals across 234 disciplines from 80 countries. This release contains 276 new journals.

A tour through the new JCR is shown in this video:

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National Open Access Conference

20. June 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

swissuniversities invites you to the National Open Access Conference on Friday, 26 October 2018 at the University of Lausanne.

At this event, swissuniversities will discuss the implementation of the Open Access strategy and the action plan adopted at the beginning of this year.

Our speakers include:

  • Michael O. Hengartner, President of swissuniversities and Rector UZH
  • Rector Nouria Hernandez (UNIL), Rector Yves Flückiger (UNIGE) and Rector Kilian Stoffel (UniNE)
  • Jacques Dubochet, current Nobel laureate

Further national and international speakers are expected at the conference. The conference is part of the International Open Access Week.

We ask you to reserve this date now and to communicate the event to your network. Further information and the registration link will follow at the end of August.

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Coffee Lectures successfully launched!

8. June 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

In the past 3 weeks, the main library’s first round of Coffee Lectures has been held and met big interest: we welcomed a total of 219 participants at the 9 events. On average 20 researchers and 4-5 professional colleagues attended our lectures.

We will be pleased to offer an attractive programme again in the fall semester 2018/19. You will find information on this here in the Main Library’s Blog, on our website and in the course program.

If you have any topic suggestions please send them to

Categories: Coffee Lectures

Where to store your research data?

7. June 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

Funding bodies increasingly require or request that the grantees create plans for managing their data and share some of their results as open data with the public (e.g., SNSF). But, where to store your research data, so it has the highest visibility and the greatest impact and fulfilling the funder’s requirements? Fortsetzung

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Sharing your papers legally

6. June 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

How and where can you share your (published) papers and works with other scientists? How can you reach the maximal audience and impact? This blog post will introduce you to a platform that shows your author rights and in what form you are allowed to share your journal articles.


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How to store your research data?

5. June 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

A good file organization is a prerequisite to work efficiently with your valuable research data. Moreover, it helps to avoid errors and unnecessary duplications.

Organize your data in clear structures!

As always: early planning matters and saves time, which can be used for the actual research. You should consider several aspects

  • Create a hierarchical and logical folder structure or use predefined standards whenever possible – and stick to it.
  • Use descriptive file names and avoid special characters.
  • Store your data uncompressed in an open, non-proprietary and well-documented format (e.g., CSV for spreadsheets). This ensures that the data remain readable in the future.
  • Agree on a file versioning strategy. You can implement a simple version control with a file name suffix convention (e.g., v001, v002 or v1_0, v1_5)
  • Do not consider all your data as being self-explanatory. Make sure that you properly document and annotate your data right from the beginning.

Data should be well documented and annotated.

  • Backup your data! Ensure that the backup processes are working as expected and check periodically if your data are actually restorable from the backups. Follow the 3-2-1 backup rule: keep at least 3 copies on 2 different media and store 1 copy offsite.

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The digital knowledge of the UZH – ZORA in figures

1. June 2018 | HBZ | No Comments

Publication note: In the current UZH Journal 2018 48(2) on pages 14 and 15 you will find interesting statistics on ZORA in graphical form. The figures were collected by editor Stefan Stöcklin and illustrated by Ms Azko Toda.

Here you can find the complete issue of the UZH Journal 2018: 48(2):14-15

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