Negotiations with OUP failed

Negotiations for a Read & Publish agreement with Oxford University Press (OUP) have failed. UZH thus loses access to newly published articles as of January 2022.


The consortium of Swiss university libraries has successfully negotiated Read & Publish agreements for Switzerland with numerous publishers in recent years. Such an agreement secures the right to read the publisher's range of journal and enables the option of open access publication. 


Failed negotiations with OUP 


Despite months of intense negotiations, no agreement was reached with the publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) on a Read & Publish contract. The University Library and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, as well as the other university libraries involved, do not have the funds to finance the massive price increases demanded by OUP for open access publications. In addition, OUP's offer violates the swissuniversities guidelines, which stipulate a cost-neutral implementation of the Open Access strategy. OUP unfortunately shows no willingness to approach these guidelines. Therefore, there is currently no basis for further negotiations. 


Without an agreement, articles published behind a paywall from January 2022 will not be available via the publishing platform. On the other hand, access rights for articles published until the end of 2021 will still be granted. 


 Alternative access and article order 


We have compiled several alternatives that members of the university and university hospitals can use to access the articles they need. The website «Kein Volltextzugriff – was nun?» (only in German, English will follow soon) lists browser extensions and search engines that help find open-access versions. In addition, the document delivery service of the UB and ZB is available free of charge to researchers, lecturers, students and employees of the UZH and employees of the university hospitals for articles in OUP journals. The order form (only in German, English will follow soon) can be found on the UB website


We will inform you if the situation changes.   



Ladina Tschander