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Open Science

The University of Zurich is committed to free and open-science practices that include open exchange, transparency, reproducibility and accountability. The aim is to increase the quality and effectiveness of research, as well as the benefits to society.

Open Science Policy

With the Open Science Policy, the University of Zurich creates the necessary conditions to be able to integrate the practices and values ​​of an open academic culture into the structure of the UZH and its processes. It takes into account the national open-access strategy of swissuniversities and the Open Science Roadmap of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
Open Science Policy (JPG, 52 KB)

Recommendations for research and teaching

The policy describes a shared vision and offers recommendations for action on how open science can be integrated into academic practices and teaching at UZH. It also serves as a basis for UZH to promote an open scientific culture at the local, national and international level. The potential of open science can only be fully exploited if this approach becomes an integral part of research practice worldwide.

Priorities of the policy

1. Access

Public and free access to scientific results and data, codes, teaching materials and publications is a core concern of open science.

2. Research methods

Research methods should improve the reproducibility, replicability, transparency and efficiency of scientific results.

3. Culture change

Ultimately, the benefits of open science can only be fully reaped if there is a cultural change in university structures and in the way researchers work. This also includes the way in which scientific achievements are assessed.

Implementation of the policy

The various research disciplines play a central role in implementing the recommendations set out in the policy. Therefore, additional discipline-specific requirements can be defined. 

Open Access to Publications

The University of Zurich promotes free and open access to scientific publications and thus the dissemination of scientific knowledge. Researchers at the UZH make their publications fully accessible on the Zurich Open Repository and Archive (ZORA) whenever possible.
University Library Zurich: Open Access
Zurich Open Repository and Archive (ZORA)

Open Access to Data

Open access to the primary and metadata of research projects enables their further use, evaluation and reproduction for the benefit of science. UZH supports its researchers in managing and publishing their research data.
University Library Zurich: Research Data Management


Open access to education can be achieved through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The UZH supports the development of MOOCs.
Coordination of MOOCs

Citizen Science

In citizen-science projects, researchers plan and conduct research together with the public. The Competence Center Citizen Science promotes, coordinates and supports citizen-science projects at the University of Zurich and at ETH Zurich. The basis for a successful cooperation between citizens and academic researchers is being created by the Participatory Academy of Science through training opportunities.
Competence Center Citizen Science
Participatory Academy of Science


The objective of the Center for Reproducible Science (CRS) is to improve the overall reproducibility of empirical scientific research at the University of Zurich and to promote original research in reproducibility studies and methodology related to reproducibility.
Center for Reproducible Science (CRS)

Weiterführende Informationen

For Researchers

All information, guidelines and advice on the subject of Open Science can be found directly on the Open Science website.