Writing & Publishing

Scientific Writing

Here we quote the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts: "Undoubtedly one learns to research, write and present a paper by doing it, not by reading. Nevertheless, it is worth taking a look at one of the many books on this subject".

E-Books  (English & Deutsch)

OLwA - Online Guidelines

Writing for Publication in Veterinary Medicine (Online Guide WILEY)


The University of Zurich and Swiss Universities increasingly support  Open Access

Open Access

  • Publications financed by public funds should be freely accessible
  • Authors' copyright remains intact in Open Access publications (authors grant rights of use on the basis of Open Content licences, e.g. Creative Common Licences)
  • Creative Commons: not-for-profit organization that publishes various standard license agreements which enable the author to grant the public rights of use to his work in a simple manner

Various options are available to publish Open Access: :

1. Gold Road = the original publication is published in Open Access

2. Green Road = practice of republishing a publication in an Open-Access institutional or disciplinary repository after it first appeared in a traditional closed-access journal. At UZH, the Zurich Open Repository and Archive (ZORA) is available for republishing.

3. Hybrid Open Access = individual Open-Access articles are published online under a free license in a closed-access journal.

When publishing an article in a journal or book, authors often sign a copyright transfer agreement or similar document (e.g. licence to publish), in which they transfer to the publisher the right to publish their work, and the general terms and conditions of the publisher apply.
Some rights remain with the authors, but these are broad or limited, depending on the publisher and the journal. In the past years many publishers have decided to allow their authors to self-archive their articles with open access in an institutional repository such as ZORA - mostly they allow the accepted manuscript (author's post-print), while the published version (published PDF; publisher's version) is handled more restrictively. Sometimes these files may only become publicly accessible after an embargo period of 2-24 months.

Difference between an accepted manuscript and a published PDF: information (in German)