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Information events on EQUAP2 on 04.04.2022 and 07.04.2022

Dear colleagues

Scientists depend on publishing their scientific findings in scientific journals. The organisation of the review and selection of submitted manuscripts is one of the central services that scientific journals have to provide for scientific communication. As the German Council of Science and Humanities [1] writes, these quality assurance processes "make a significant contribution to societal trust in science." However, quality assurance processes are handled differently by different publishers. Thus we libraries receive reports ranging from exemplary review processes to suspicions of prioritising commercial interests.

Compliance with quality assurance processes by journals is an important criterion for acquisition decisions and funding. The budget at universities, research institutions and libraries is limited and should be used to provide researchers with access to the high quality journals they need for their work and in which they want to publish their own work. At the same time, journals that do not comply with quality assurance processes and put commercial interests first should be identified and their financial support critically questioned.

For these decisions, we need a broad data basis. For this reason, we have launched EQUAP2. EQUAP2 stands for "Evaluating the Quality Assurance Process in Scholarly Publishing". In cooperation with the Chair of Methods in Empirical Social Research, we have developed a survey that captures the desired and actual quality assurance processes from the perspective of scholars in their roles as authors, reviewers and editors in the publication process. Please support the project by participating and enabling your researchers to contribute their expertise to the survey. Further information is available here: 

We will also be holding two information events:

04.04.2022 10:00 - 11:00 (CEST).


07.04.2022 15:00 - 16:00 (CEST)

On these dates, we will briefly introduce EQUAP2 and answer your questions. To participate in one of the events, please write to us at at least 3 days before the respective event. The brief introduction will be given in German, but questions can be asked (and will, of course, be answered) in English as well.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Thank you very much,

Your EQUAP2 team


EQUAP2 is a cooperation of the TU9, the University and the Central Library of Zurich, as well as the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, the University Library of Basel, the University Library of Bern, the University of Geneva, the Consortium of Swiss University Libraries and the Swiss Library Network for Education and Research (SLiNER).


[1] German Council of Science and Humanities. (2022). Empfehlungen zur Transformation des wissenschaftlichen Publizierens zu Open Access.