Oct 2021 - Open Access Week 2021

| Monday 25 October - Platinum road | Tuesday 26 October - Gold road | Wednesday 27 October - Green road | Thursday 28 October - Hybrid road | Friday 29 October - Resources


This year, we are coming full circle!

As part of its Open Science strategy, UNIL offers its researchers a 360 support, i.e. in all the Open Access roads:

  • Platinum road
  • Gold road
  • Green road
  • Hybrid road

All of this is enhanced by personalised tools, training, guides and direct support from the Research Service and/or faculty specialists.

This Open Access 2021 week, we unveil UNIL's support for each track from Monday to Thursday and present all the resources and tools available on Friday 29 October.

Come back every day to learn more!

Need a little help finding your way around? Take a look at the diagram OA at a glance.

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Monday 25 October - Platinum road


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UNIL supports the platinum route by providing a free Open Access publishing and editing platform for journals published internally at the institution.

This is done through the SOAP2 project, a joint project (University of Fribourg, University of Lausanne, HEPVaud, Fachhochschule Luzern and University of Neuchâtel) supported by swissuniversities.

Interested? Learn more at soap2.ch

Wednesday 27 October - Green road


The Green Road refers to Open Access publishing by depositing a version of the manuscript in Serval and opening it after an embargo period.

Use it when you are publishing in a subscription or hybrid journal (and the article is not eligible for our Read & Publish licences).

The advantages of following the Green Road are:

  • Free of charge
  • Compatible with external funders (if respecting the requested embargoes) and with UNIL
  • Visibility thanks to the indexing of Serval in search engines and meta-archives
  • Sustainability of institutional heritage

UNIL supports the green way by providing a high visibility institutional repository (+2.4 M downloads in 2020), Serval, accompanied by a series of associated services (courses, tutorials, HelpDesk, help with input by specialists, and others).

Thursday 28 October - Hybrid road


The Hybrid Road refers to the immediate OA publishing of an article in a subscription journal. These are journals in which some of the articles are available in OA and the others behind a paywall.

UNIL supports this option exclusively within the framework of institutional licenses with major publishing houses (fees paid directly by the license).

If your title is not eligible for support by one of our licences, UNIL recommends that you follow the green route.

Friday 29 October - Resources


UNIL provides a series of resources to help you find your way through this long list of paths!

Do not hesitate to consult them but do not forget that your faculty specialists are there to support and advise you.

Finding your way

Our Support 360 homepage directs you to the right road.

Then choose the page relating to the right road in the left-hand navigation menu and discover the means made available by UNIL to help you follow it.


Personalised support

Are you still unsure, or would you like to receive advice tailored to your specific situation?

Ask Papago, your Open Access assistant.

You may find an answer to your question in our FAQ.


Would you like to learn more about Open Access?

We offer self-paced training on the Moodle platform.

Support at your faculty


Open Access, Research Data and Serval

Christelle Cocco



Open Access, Scientific promotion, Serval and Unisciences

Gaëlle Delavy


Research funding, research data and research ethics

Caroline Wilhem


Open Access and Research Data (for ESC only)

Delphine Margot-Descombes



Consultant recherche (consultant-recherche-lettres@unil.ch)
- Advice on Open Access publishing grants
- Guidance on copyright and authors' rights resources

Responsable SERVAL (serval-lettres@unil.ch)
- Information and advice on publishing (including Open Access) on SERVAL
- Verification and enrichment of data for the Faculty's SERVAL records
- Advice on the deposit of publications on SERVAL

Chargée de valorisation des publications et des recherches en Lettres (labelettres@unil.ch)
- Promotion of the works (including Open Access) of the Faculty's researchers


Contact person

Nathanaëlle Minard


More information


Faculty contact

Research & Quality Office



Open Access, SERVAL, Research Data

At the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, the Lausanne University Medical Library (BiUM) offers a wide range of services related to Publication and Open Access in the following areas:

Open Access requirements of funders and publishers on publications

- Gold Open Access Fund

- Green Open Access on Serval

- Journal selection (Open Access, Traditional, Predatory publications)

- Reading publisher's contract

- Copyright and article licensing

- Plagiarism


See the Information Page on our service offer


Regarding the funding of Open Access costs, we provide:

- Workshops in departments and institutes on Open Access issues and guidelines, copyright, Creative Commons licences and Gold OA funds available at FBM.

- A relay for information on Gold OA funds available to the FBM on our dedicated webpage with a recommendation guide on how to proceed.

- Personalised advice on how to obtain financial support and on the choice of journals for which you can benefit from partial or full coverage of APCs. 


Regarding the deposit and submission of Open Access articles on Serval following the Green Open Access route, we provide:

- Reference entry of articles for SSF-SSC departments from PubMed and WOS indexing.

- Personalized advice and regular workshops for academic and administrative staff on Open Access and the use of Serval features.

- Provision of a FBM tutorial on the use of Serval.

- Automatic deposit on Serval of PDFs of articles already in Open Access with CC BY licence on PMC.

- The deposit on Serval on request of the researcher of the Authors' Manuscripts in accordance with the legal rules imposed by the publishing houses.

- Good visibility of Author Manuscripts placed in Open Access on Serval thanks to a direct link between SERVAL and PubMed.

- Individual advice on how to promote your OA work on Serval through your ORCID iD.  


If you would like more information on the BiUM's services in the area of Publication and Open Access, please contact us.

Cécile Lebrand, PhD

Research consultant



For any questions about Serval records or Open Access :

Manon Rosset (IGD)


Catherine Schlegel-Rey (IDYST & ISTE)


Amélie Dreiss


For support in finding publishing funds, questions about publishing and Open Access, and requests for training, please contact the FGSE research consultant Amélie Dreiss.

More information

Retrouvez le soutien spécifique offert à la FGSE ici: https://www.unil.ch/gse/home/menuguid/chercheureuses.html#publications

Et les dernières nouvelles de l'Open Science ici: https://wp.unil.ch/georeka/tag/open-science/ 


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