Open Access: auteurs, éditeurs, financeurs et institutions au service de l’accès ouvert aux résultats de la recherche scientifique

Content only available in English.


In the context of the Open Access Week, the EPFL library is pleased to invite you to the event


« Open Access: Authors, publishers, investors and institutions

for the dissemination of the scientific research’s results »


For the past 10 years, the Open Access movement has been defending the principle of free accessibility to scientific literature for everyone.


  • Who are the Open Access players ?
  • What are the economic models and their stakes ?
  • Why publish in Open Access ?
  • How do institutions pay for Open Access publications ?


These questions will be addressed from various points of view (publishers, academic institutions, investors and authors) through lectures.

If you missed Couleur3’s report about our Open Access event, listen to the podcast (only in french).



Opening Speech: Open Access @ EPFL, Benoît Deveaud-Plédran, Dean of Research, EPFL

Presentation (PDF, 14.8 Mo, CC-BY)
Video (.mp4, 00:11:33, 503 Mo, CC-BY)

Abstract: Publishing is at the heart of scientific research and at the core of scientific knowledge. Scientific publishing is witnessing today a long series of major changes, with very important discussions on the increase of the number of publications, the constant rise of the charges both for authors and libraries, the apparition of open access journals, the discussions on the peer review process, the importance of the impact factor on the files of academics at different levels, the power of the very large publishing companies… EPFL is directly concerned by all these different issues and in particular by the different possibilities offered through open access publishing. EPFL welcomes this meeting on open access and is deeply interested in the ideas that will be discussed today.



10:15am – 10:45am
Open Access to Excellent Science – the European Research Council’s approach, Dr Dagmar Meyer, Policy Adviser, European Research Council
Presentation (PPTX, 252 Ko, CC-BY)
Video (.mp4, 00:32:30, 1.37 Go, CC-BY-ND)

Abstract: We will give an overview of the ERC’s approach to Open Access, and how it is reflected in the rules governing the ERC grants under the current 7th EU Research Framework Programme. We will explain how the ERC supports its grantees in providing open access to their research results, and shed some light on the changes to be expected for the new EU Research Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, which will start on 1 January 2014. In doing so, we will also take a look at the different roles of the ERC and the European Commission concerning the promotion of Open Access, and explain some of the differences in approach.




10:50am – 11:20am                                                                                                                           Innovative Open Access Publishing and Public Peer-Review – Views and Experiences of Copernicus Publications, Dr Xenia van Edig, Business Development, Copernicus
Presentation (PPTX, 2.44 Mo, CC-BY)
Video (.mp4, 00:24:19, 1.05 Go, CC-BY)

Abstract: Gold Open Access means free access to the primary article source (i.e. journal) for anyone worldwide. It finances all services of the peer-review and publication process as well as the archiving. Authors retain the copyright of their Gold OA articles and anyone has the right to re-use and distribute the works. Therefore, Gold Open Access turns the role of publishers from content providers to service providers. Copernicus Publications has been an Open Access publisher since 2001. Hence, it was one of the very first commercial publishers dedicated to the Open Access model. In addition, Copernicus Publications plays a leading role in the area of transparent peer-review: Open Access does not only have the potential to enhance access to scientific findings but also offers the opportunity to bring light into the “darkness” of the peer-review process. Therefore, Copernicus started its first Open Access journal with a two-stage peer-review process: after a swift access review the manuscript is published as discussion paper in a screen-optimized format. The reviewers need to post their reports (attributed or anonymously) openly accessible in a discussion forum and the authors need to answer their comments. Furthermore, the scientific community is invited to participate in the discussion. After the discussion phase ended, a second step follows: the editor draws his/her decision and the peer-review is completed which also can involve major revisions and the further involvement of referees. The discussion is preserved, remains accessible online, and all contributions are citable. If the manuscript gets accepted it is published in the journal. Currently 16 of the 32 Copernicus journals employ this Public Peer-Review. Recently, some of them decided to further enhance transparency: all documents (reviewer comments, author replies, manuscript revisions, editor comments) of the second step, i.e. after the public discussion, are also openly accessible after the publication of the respective article.The presentation will provide a short introduction on Open Access publishing, present Copernicus Publications and emphasis on the Public-Peer Review process.



11:30am – noon                                                                                                                                     Supporting engagement in Open Access – A Publishers perspective, Dr Meloney Bartlett, Head of Journal Publishing, Royal Society of Chemistry
Presentation (PPTX, 1.87 Mo, CC-BY)
Video (.mp4, 00:29:13,1.26 Go, CC-BY)

Abstract: The publishing landscape is undergoing significant change driven principally by the globalisation of research, regulatory pressure towards open access and open data, and changing author and reader behaviours achieved through new information technologies.The publishing and research communities share the view that increased access to the results of research is necessary to maximise their use and impact. The Royal Society of Chemistry’s role is to work constructively with researchers, institutions and funders to facilitate our community’s engagement with open access, and to ensure that the outputs from research activity are made as widely available as possible. We must not forget that authors wish to work with a trusted organisation to publish their research. Authors still require for their research outputs the widest dissemination and visibility, quality control, peer review, attribution and recognition. Ensuring the discoverability of high-quality research and recognition for researchers will remain crucial. The Royal Society of Chemistry’s responsibility is to assist our researchers during this period of transition and uncertain funding for open access.




13:30pm – 2pm                                                                                                                                            The growth of Open Access and Open Science, Catriona McCallum, Advocacy Project Manager, PLoS
Presentation (PPTX, 33.2 Mo, CC-BY)
Video (.mp4, 00:34:28, 1.17 Go, CC-BY)

Abstract: The rapid growth of freely available literature and an increasing number of Open Access mandates by governments and policy makers have led some to conclude that Open Access has reached a tipping point. This might be premature but it is certainly no longer a question of whether Open Access to is going to happen, just what is the best way for publishers, funders, libraries and authors to manage the transition. PLOS has been at the forefront of Open Access publishing for ten years, and its largest and most innovative journal PLOS ONE published more than 24,000 articles in 2012. But Open Access to articles is just one step in realising the potential of using the web to support science. There are now an increasing range of innovative publishing and dissemination models for literature, data and software, such as figshare, that are taking advantage of new web-based technology and social media. Making full use of this emerging network of open science brings additional challenges – it requires Open Access rather than free access to facilitate the reuse of the literature and its associated data, a change in the way publishers serve their customers and think about their audience, and a re-evaluation of how we assess and validate research.



2:10pm – 2:40pm                                                                                                                               Infoscience, EPFL’s institutional repository: facts and prospects, Pierre Devaud (MSc) and Dr Alain Borel, Scientific Librarians, Infoscience
Presentation (PPTX, 1.89 Mo, CC-BY)
Video (.mp4, 00:33:22, 1.43 Go, CC-BY)

Abstract: Green Open Access solutions require specific platforms and tools to reach their full potential and keep their promises. In order to encourage scientists from the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL) to self-archive their publications, Infoscience (EPFL’s institutional archive) develops innovative strategies and experiences to make this task as easy and useful as possible. Thanks to this approach, Infoscience becomes more than an easy-to-use and well-referenced dropbox, and provides added-value services as well. We motivate scientists toward Green Open Access with functionalities that not only make their fulltext-sharing experience simpler and their work more visible, but also provide them with valuable information about their own communication practices and scientific impact.




2:50pm – 3:20pm                                                                                                                                Frontiers: Open Science in the 21st Century, Dr Kamila Markram, Co-founder and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Frontiers
Presentation (in progress)
Video (.mp4, 00:55:57, 810 Ko, CC-BY)

Abstract: Scholarly publishing is undergoing a radical transformation in the rapidly evolving digital age. This talk will focus on how Frontiers, a leading open-access publisher and research networking platform, offers today’s growing army of cyber scientists an open-access platform with innovative peer review and a growing range of open-science tools to democratize scholarly publishing and dissemination. The « Frontiers in » journal series has published 14,00 peer-reviewed articles, which receive over 6 million monthly views, and is supported by over 100,000 leading authors and editors worldwide. Frontiers has partnerships with international organizations such as the Max Planck Society and the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS). Launched in 2012, the Frontiers Research Network is a rapidly growing research network for all academic communities to connect with colleagues around the world to easily discover, share and generate cutting-edge research, and to increase the visibility and impact of researchers and their work.



4:30pm – 5pm
ZENODO – a new innovative service for sharing all research outputs
Lars Holm Nielsen, IT Department, Collaboration & Information Services, CERN
Presentation (PDF, 2.66 Mo, CC-BY)
Video (.mp4, 00:29:49, 1.25 Go, CC-BY)

Abstract: The talk will present ZENODO, a new simple and innovative service to share and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications) that have not found a home in existing institutional or subject-based repositories. ZENODO encourages data sharing and preservation by removing the pain and the barriers, accepting data in all its forms, of all formats and with all licences. ZENODO further ensures the citability of the research artifacts through assignment of DOIs, and encourages use and reuse through open APIs and harvesting. ZENODO was launched in May 2013 by the OpenAIREplus project, and is built on CERN’s own cloud service; the data storage layer is being interfaced to CERN’s mass storage infrastructure in order to profit from the experience and scale of the multi-tier store used to preserve the 100 PB of LHC data.


5:10pm – 5:40pm
Fostering Open Access: Strategies and Activities of SNSF, Dr Daniel Höchli, Director of the Admistrative Offices, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Presentation (PDF, 931 Ko, CC-BY-NC) , Presentation (PPTX, 4.12 Mo, CC-BY-NC)
Video (.mp4, 01:07:20, 191 Mo Go, CC-BY-NC-ND)

Abstract: Research funded by the public should be publicly accessible as far as possible, not least in the interests of science itself. Research funding implies publication funding since dissemination of results forms an integral part of research itself. Thus, SNSF has decided – in addition to the existing general obligation for SNSF-funded researchers to self-archive – to support the author-paid gold road as one viable model for the transition to full Open Access (OA) in Switzerland by funding the costs of OA publications resulting of SNSF-funded research as of October 2013. Furthermore, SNSF is also committed to contribute to the transition by identifying new cost-saving pathways towards OA together with his national and international partners.


6pm : Conclusion by Isabelle Kratz, EPFL Library Director. (PPTX, 611 Ko, CC-BY)


This event is intended for the scientific community, publishing and information professionals as well as everyone interested in the Open Access movement. It will be held in English.

We are looking forward to meeting you on Thursday, October 24th!

The EPFL Library Team