University of Bern

University Library Bern

Digital Services and Open Science

Dirk Verdicchio, Head of Open Science
Phone: 0041 31 631 95 95

Program Overview

Bern Open Publishing offers infrastructure to scholars at the University of Bern so they can publish their works in Open Access Gold. Publications that appear in Open Access Gold have the significant advantage that the version of record is accessible for free immediately.

  • Publishing activities began: 2013
  • Location: Switzerland
  • Languages published: English; German; French; Italian; Spanish; Arabic
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage comments:
  • Open access focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
  • Peer reviewed journals: 100%
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, contracted by external groups; monographs; edited volumes; exhibition catalogues; editions;.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 24
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 18
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups 2
Journals, inactive back issues
Technical/research reports
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses
Other publishing activities:
edited volumes (1)

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.


Top publications:
  • Linguistik Online (journal)
  • Journal of Eye Movement Research (journal)
  • Swiss Journal of Educational Research (journal)
  • Tsantsa (journal)
  • Acta Periodica Duellatorum (journal)
Disciplinary specialties:
  • anthropology
  • aistory
  • aedicine
  • religious studies
  • musicology


Internal partners: campus departments or programs

Openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g. local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing?

Work with a university press?

Administer a university press?

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • text
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • OMP

Additional services:
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • author advisory – copyright
  • author advisory – other
  • contract/license preparation
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • open URL support
  • outreach
  • print-on-demand
  • training
Digital preservation strategy:

Additional Information

Plans for Expansion & Future Directions:
We are currently building up our book publishing capacities to add BOP Books.
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