Open Access Days 2021: Participation

Participation is fundamental to the vision of Open Access and also points to the great potential underlying most Open Access initiatives.
Under the motto of Participation, specific questions can be formulated that are important or promising for Open Access:

  • How does economic participation shape up against the backdrop of changes in the OA landscape brought about by read-&-publish contracts and initiatives such as Plan S?
  • How can non-commercial publication initiatives or non-university authors participate in the scientific discourse against the background of these initiatives and contracts?
  • What form can social participation in scientific knowledge take through OA? What social participation opportunities are fostered by OA?
  • How can less privileged countries actively participate in the global scientific discourse?

Submissions on other Open Acees topics are of course also possible.

About the conference

The Open Access Days 2021 take place from September 27 to 29 and are planned by the University Library of Bern as a face-to-face conference with livestreaming. Depending on the situation, 150 to 300 people will be able to attend the conference at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. However, the planning remains flexible and adapts to the given circumstances. We will inform on an ongoing basis.

With up to 400 participants each year, the Open Access Days are the central annual conference on Open Access in the German-speaking world. They are aimed at all people who are intensively involved with the possibilities, conditions and perspectives of scientific publishing. This includes employees of libraries and other institutions of the scientific infrastructure, of publishing houses as well as scientists and members of the scientific administration.

We invite submissions for the following formats: Talks, Workshops, Posters, and Tool Marketplace.

The conference language of the Open Access Days 2021 is German. However, contributions in English are also welcome.

We aim to record as many talks as possible on video and make them available online via the TIB AV-Portal after the conference, as well as to publish the presentations on Zenodo. If you do not want your talk recorded or your presentation published, please indicate this in your submission. This will of course not affect the selection process.

In the run-up to the conference, there will be training opportunities for speakers and presenters.


Presentations with a maximum length of 15 minutes can be submitted. This will allow sufficient time for discussion and interaction. The goal is to hold the presentations on site in Bern and to broadcast them via livestream. From the selected submissions, the program committee will form thematically appropriate, moderated sessions. Each session will last 90 minutes and include a maximum of 3 presentations.

Please submit an abstract with a maximum of 300 words and include brief biographical information about the individuals involved. If submissions are related to other submissions or you wish for them to be addressed in a joint session, please indicate this in the submission.


Practice-oriented workshops can be submitted. These last approximately 90 minutes and are dedicated to a specific topic. The focus of the workshops is the joint, structured elaboration of results. Depending on the workshop type, it is also possible to livestream the content.

Please submit an abstract with a maximum of 300 words. In addition, please indicate how many participants you plan to have and include brief biographical information about the individuals involved. Please outline briefly what the workshop character consists of (e.g. methods) and what procedure and tools you propose for implementation. Please take into account that workshops are not lecture panels and should be interactive in nature.

Tools and Posters

The call for the tool marketplace and poster session follows.


Submission and deadlines

Please submit your proposals for presentations or workshops by April 18, 2021.