Open Science Office

In line with the National Open Access Strategy and the Swiss National Strategy for Open Research Data of swissuniversities, the BFH has declared the promotion of Open Access and the implementation of Open Science at the BFH to be a strategic goal. A focused specialist service serves as a central point of contact for general questions relating to Open Science.

Open Science

Open Science stands for freely accessible and transparent science, including free access to publications (Open Access, OA), FAIR (Findable - Accessible - Interoperable - Reusable) research data, Open Research Data (ORD) and Open Educational Resources (OER). The implementation of Open Science represents a profound cultural change in research and teaching. To achieve this, the BFH has developed a focussed strategy. The relevant Specialist Service coordinates implementation measures and serves as an internal contact point for researchers and lecturers.

BFH Open Science Strategy

BFH Open Science Strategy

Open Science has to be sustainably established in the operations and organisation of the BFH. For research and teaching activities, this requires a range of both centralised and decentralised measures. In addition to redesigning infrastructures, strengthening the acquisition of competencies and increasing visibility, targeted incentives must also be created to promote cultural change on a broad basis. The measures to be prioritised are set out in a roadmap and will be implemented by 2025.

Vision

BFH researchers and lecturers have the knowledge, skills and resources to practise Open Science at all levels.

Mission

As a future-oriented university of applied sciences, we empower and support our employees in implementing the precepts of Open Science.

Focal points of the strategy

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Open Access

Open Access means unlimited, free access to scientific information. Open Access publications have many advantages:

  • global, free and fast access to research findings
  • good retrievability of open access publications via search engines
  • increased visibility and range of publications
  • increased research efficiency by promoting international and interdisciplinary cooperation
  • promoting the transfer of research into practice

There are different ways to implement Open Access:

Gold open access means immediate, direct publication or accessibility of research content through open access publications (journals and monographs). There are no longer embargo periods or subscription costs (fees).

Possible costs are linked to processing charges, APCs (Article Processing Charges), BPCs (Book Processing Charges) or BCPCs (Book Chapter Processing Charges).

Selecting the right journal

The number of open access journals is constantly growing. It is not always easy to find an appropriate journal for a publication.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) offers information on open access monographs.

Information on open access monographs can be found in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).

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The green path refers to self-archiving or secondary publication of publications that have already been published in another way, e.g. in analogue form. These are filed in an institutional or specialist repository. The BFH repository is called ARBOR

In the hybrid model, which is not supported by the BFH or the SNF, publications are published in journals that charge a fee. To make publications freely accessible in open access terms, researchers can pay additional publication fees to ensure their work is free. This means that double payment is made for research findings (double dipping).

 

Support for the funding of publication fees

In accordance with its Open Science strategy, the BFH promotes Open Access (OA) publications, Open Research Data (ORD) and Open Educational Resources (OER). In the Open Access area, publications are recorded in the institutional data repository ARBOR via the Green Path as well as supported via the Golden Path. The Open Science Fund provides contributions for publications on the Golden Path as well as for eventual Open Research Data. BFH staff can find further information on financial support on the Intranet.

Read & Publish agreements

The Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries has concluded numerous read-and-publish agreements with publishers, which allows BFH researchers to publish free of charge in selected journals. Detailed information on these agreements can be found below.

The consortium of Swiss universities has signed a read-and-publish agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) Journals. The agreement is valid between 1.1.2021 and 31.12.2023. Researchers of the Bern University of Applied Sciences can publish Open Access in the following journals without additional costs.

Further details can be found here.

The Swiss universities have concluded a Read&Publish contract with Elsevier Publishers. This will have positive repercussions for researchers at BFH.

Researchers at Bern University of Applied Sciences can publish Open Access without additional costs in the following Elsevier Journals provided that the authors of submitted articles are employed at BFH. To submit a manuscript you are required to enter your BFH e-mail address.

The Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries has concluded a read-and-publish agreement with the IEEE. The agreement will apply between 30 November 2021 and 31 December 2024. Researchers at Bern University of Applied Sciences can publish open access articles in the following journals at no extra cost.

You can find more details about the workflow here.

The Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries has concluded a read-and-publish agreement with the Institute of Physics (IOP). The agreement will apply between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2024. Researchers at Bern University of Applied Sciences can publish open access articles in the following journals at no extra cost.

You can find more details about the workflow here.

The Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries and SAGE have a ‘read & publish’ agreement. The deal began on January 1, 2021 and will last until December 2022. BFH researchers have unlimited open access publishing rights in the following journals at no cost to themselves.

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swissuniversities has concluded an open access agreement with Springer Nature. The agreement is valid until December 31, 2022.

Researchers at Bern University of Applied Sciences can publish Open Access in the following Springer journals at no additional cost.

Further details can be found at: Springer website

The Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries and Taylor & Francis have a ‘read & publish’ agreement. The deal began on January 1, 2021 and will last until December 2023. BFH researchers have unlimited open access publishing rights in the following journals at no cost to themselves.

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swissuniversities has entered into a new Read & Publish agreement with John Wiley & Sons. This agreement will remain valid until 31 December 2024. Under this agreement, as of 1 May 2021, authors of BFH can make their primary research and review articles openly accessible in any of Wiley’s nearly 1,400 hybrid journals immediately upon publication.

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Other benefits

The Bern University of Applied Sciences has signed an Institutional Open Access Program with MDPI, which grants all BFH researchers a 20 per cent discount on open access publication fees. The contract will run until 31/12/2022.

Swiss National Science Foundation: SNSF

With its contributions, the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF supports scientific publications from ongoing projects that are directly accessible without restriction and free of charge (Gold Open Access). Cost recovery for publication fees or processing charges can be requested via the SNSF's OA platform mySNF. Hybrid Open Access is excluded from financial support.

Open Research Data (ORD)

In addition to Open Access to scientific publications, Open Research Data is increasingly being demanded by funding organisations (SNSF, EU) and scientific journals. As far as possible, the data should be archived and documented according to FAIR principles:

  • Findable: Research data must be designated and indexed so that they can be found.
  • Accessible: The Research Data must be accessible.
  • Interoperable: Research data must be technically stored in such a way that they can be accessed, read and processed via standardised interfaces.
  • Reusable: Research data must be documented and formatted in such a way that it can be reused by third parties.

Open archiving according to FAIR principles offers a number of advantages:

  • Research results become more transparent and can be better reviewed and retraced.
  • Shared datasets reduce the effort for obtaining the same information several times.
  • Freely accessible datasets that can be cited as a separate publication increase the visibility of research.

For employees, the BFH supports the publication of research data as Open Research Data via the Open Science Fund.

As a member of the association «OLOS», the BFH also has an institutional area within the Swiss data repository «OLOS», through which research data for which no suitable disciplinary data repositories exist can be published and archived.