Please contact us if you have any questions about Open Science.

Get help from an open science specialist

Open Science is developing very fast. We provide tailormade support solutions for researchers, which is why the Open Science Team created a flexible event-program that can be adapted to specific needs.  

If you want to know more about any aspect of scholarly communication, just send us an email at: We will develop an event with you that suits your and your colleagues' needs. 

We also cooperate with the subject librarians of the University Library and offer Coffee-Lectures on various subjects concerning Open Science and academic publishing. We also work with the vice-rectorate of development and regularly offer courses and workshops as part of their course-program. Topics range from "Open Access Publishing" to "Predatory Journals and Conferences".

Writing Data Management Plans (DMPs)

Research Data Management is an increasingly urgent issue for many researchers. Large funding agencies insist on seeing not only the publications that result from funded research in Open Access but also the underlying data. Such requirements are still a big challenge for many researchers.

The Open Science team will be pleased to guide you through video modules available on the YouTube channel.

Everything about our institutional repository BORIS

Introduction for submitters

This course introduces submitters to the BORIS - how it works and how to use it. Es show you how to use BORIS for research, input publication records and upload full text record. 

Courses take place upon request.


Introduction for editors

This course shows editors how to edit already existing records. The course is specifically aimed at colleagues who take over the task of metadata control for their institution. 

It is a prerequisite that participants already took part in the course "Introduction for submitters". 

Courses take place upon request.


Refresher course for submitters and/or editors (Medicine)

In this refresher course various topics concerning BORIS are repeated and deepened. Prior knowledge of BORIS is required. This course is designed around your needs. Please send us the specific topics and questions that you would like to work on in the course ahead of time. 

Courses take place upon request.


Question time for submitters and/or editors (Medicine)

During question time you can discuss your detailed concerns and inquiries. We try to provide you with an answer immediately.

Research data

Most major funders such as the SNSF or the European Union increasingly demand that research data generated by their funded projects become openly accessible just like the publications that are based on them. This means that applicants have to plan ahead how they will administrate, share and archive their research data. 

We help you with this task. 

You can get detailed information about how you can compose a data management plan (DMP)  in our DMP Writing Labs, that are announced bi-annually on our start page.

Courses about specific aspects of research data are available at anytime. If you are interested and for any other inquiry send us a mail at

BORIS Repository

Our institutional repository BORIS plays a central role in the yearly evaluation process of the University of Bern. BORIS also makes available research publications by the university's researchers in open access green. Researchers can also use BORIS for the visibility of their publications. We support you with the following topics:

  • tie in your publication lists in your website.
  • Data import
  • Help with entering publications
  • general support with handling BORIS

Publishing contracts: publishers, authors, funders

Should you have questions concerning your contracts with publishers, funders or authors that publish in your journal or book, write to us and we will support you in all legal concerns surrounding research data and open access (green and gold):

Copyright and licenses

Whenever you are getting ready to publish something and are unsure who holds the copyright to a text, image, video or data set; or if you would like to know what usage rights you have for your own publications; or if you want to ensure that you choose the best Creative Commons license for your Open Access publication, we can help: contact us at

Editors of journals and books

You are thinking about founding a new scholarly journal or take over the editorship of an existing journal? You plan editing a book or even a book series? You have questions regards workflows, possibilities of financing, legalities or digital tools that can help with your work? We can help!

Open Access and Open Data mandates

The Open Access and Open Data mandates of different funding agencies, institutions and countries are constantly changing. We are happy to bring you up to date with the latest information regards your obligations and rights in all things Open Access and Open Data.

Article Processing Charges (APC) and Book Processing Charges (BPC)

Many publishers charge Article Processing Charges (APCs) or Book Processing Charges (BPCs) for Open Access Gold publications. This means that authors pay a certain amount so that their publication is made available in Open Access. The spectrum of APC/BPC prices is large ranging from several hundred CHF to five-figure amounts. 

However, the parameters are constantly changing. Funding agencies adjust the amounts they are willing to pay for APCs and BPCs and institutional publishing funds have their limits. At the same time, publishers attempt to secure their profit margins. Between these conflicting poles it is quite tricky for researchers to find an acceptable and financially feasible path to publishing in Open Access.

Wie are happy to support you in your planning:

Publishing your dissertation

Doctoral candidates at the University of Bern can publish their dissertation in Open Access on BORISTheses. Much of the necessary information on the procedure and uploading process can be found on our start page.  If you have further questions about how to publish your dissertation on BORIS Theses, please contact us at

We put together a factsheet for doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences to help with the publication process of their dissertation. The document below contains tips and information regards revising and other steps in the manuscript development not only for Open Access publications but also for traditional books with publishers. 

Factsheet: Publishing a dissertation (WORD, 94KB)

SciFlow makes it easy to write and format scientific texts - whether for a specific journal or as a student paper. SciFlow also offers attractive templates, chat support, webinars and text checking. The University Library of Bern has licensed SciFlow for the entire UniBE campus

BerDA (Bern Digital Archive) is the university library's infrastructure for digital long-term preservation. BerDA ensures that data can be rendered and interpreted across generations of hardware, software and file formats. Data of long-term value produced at the University of Bern can be archived in BerDA. Please get in touch with us so we can assess your needs and possible solutions:

The University Library of Bern offers the members of the University of Bern an IIIF server infrastructure for the integration of images in research and publication projects.

The focus of all our Open Access publications lies on digital publishing. However, we do offer a print-on-demand solution in collaboration with

BORIS offers researchers at the University of Bern some advanced features that we can offer support with. We show you how to

  • integrate ORCID in BORIS
  • use the DOI generated in BORIS
  • get an efficient control over your metadata


Producing digital publications can be technically challenging. We help you find professional service providers who can take over production tasks from copy-editing to layout. We also advise authors and editors about technical possibilities to produce digital formats (PDF, HTML, XML) and offer support with the initial training. Contact us at:

We support our editors of journals and book series that are published on our publishing platform Bern Open Publishing (BOP) with a comprehensive basic support package. We also offer additional, fee-based support. More information about our infrastructure for Open Access Gold publications and their service packages can be found on the BOP page.