Open Science

The university is the place of free and public science. Open access to scientific knowledge and procedures increases the dissemination and further development of knowledge and the credibility of science.

Open Science Policy

On September 28, 2021, the executive board of the university approved the Open Science Policy. With this policy, the university 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. The aim is to establish Open Science as the norm.

Open Access to Publications

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

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. The UZH supports its researchers in managing and publishing their research data.


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.


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.