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Another agreement facilitating open-access publishing for CERN-affiliated authors

Mon, 06/07/2020 - 15:54
Another agreement facilitating open-access publishing for CERN-affiliated authors CERN Library anschaef Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:54

Thanks to CERN’s partnership with the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries, our community can now benefit from a new Publish-and-read deal with Springer Nature. This agreement has been negotiated by SwissUniversities, in collaboration with the consortium. With this new contract, all research articles with corresponding authors who have a primary or secondary affiliation to CERN can now be published in Springer’s hybrid journals with no barriers and article publication charges (APCs) paid centrally. In addition, CERN readers can freely access content from all Springer journals that is otherwise behind paywalls.

This is the CERN Scientific Information Service’s second such contract in 2020, after the IOP agreement signed in May, and more are expected in the near future.

Through such deals with publishers, the CERN-affiliation of the corresponding author is recognised during the submission and the publications are automatically made open-access. However, CERN SIS needs to be informed before submissions of articles in case the corresponding author is not affiliated with CERN, or when authors want to submit articles to other journals than those covered by this agreement.

Please send any question to


See the official communication from SwissUniversities
The full agreement is available on the Swiss Consortium of Academic Libraries website

9 July: the CERN Mobility Centre relocates temporarily

Mon, 06/07/2020 - 12:18
9 July: the CERN Mobility Centre relocates temporarily CERN Mobility Services anschaef Mon, 07/06/2020 - 11:18

Please note that the CERN mobility Centre will remain closed on 9 July (Thursday).

It will reopen temporarily on 10 July (Friday) at the Mobility Workshop (building 130, next to the CERN Medical Centre), where a temporary reception area will offer all the usual mobility services.

The Mobility Centre will open at its new permanent location at the beginning of September, in a dedicate building near Entrance A (Route Bohr).

Bike rental: For any bike rental or return, go directly to the Mobility Workshop (building 130). 

CERN car rental: Call 72042 (+41 22 767 2042). To pick-up or return a CERN car, a representative from the Mobility Centre will join you at the Globe car park to check the car, sign the rental contract and hand over or collect the keys.

Thank you for your understanding.

CERN Accelerator School: Mechanical Materials Engineering | 2 - 14 November 2020

Tue, 30/06/2020 - 12:50
CERN Accelerator School: Mechanical Materials Engineering | 2 - 14 November 2020 CERN Accelerator School anschaef Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:50

Registration is now open for the CERN Accelerator School’s course on Mechanical Materials Engineering for Particle Accelerators and Detectors, 2 – 14 November 2020, Sint-Michielsgestel, Holland. 

For the first time in the history of the CERN Accelerator School, a course on Mechanical engineering is organised. The focus of the course will be to orient mechanical engineers from their general knowledge obtained during their past education to techniques and solutions, which are specific for accelerator applications. In the mornings, a complete lecture programme is foreseen, covering a wide range of mechanical engineering aspects. These lectures are complemented by a series of application reports in the field of accelerators. In the afternoons four blocks of so-called “hands-on” experiments are foreseen, during which the students will be guided to do practical work including visits of professional companies close by.

Since a student without prior knowledge of mechanical engineering will not be able to follow the course, we have prepared a self-evaluation test on our website. We kindly ask every interested student to exercise this test and apply only for the course if a sufficient high score is obtained in the test.

For more information and application, please visit the school website:

Entrance A: return to normal opening hours

Tue, 30/06/2020 - 12:29
Entrance A: return to normal opening hours The SMB department anschaef Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:29

Please note that from Wednesday, 1 July, Entrance A of the Meyrin site (Route Bohr) will be open at the usual hours, i.e. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

30 June – 3 July: only one traffic lane on Route Jentschke

Mon, 29/06/2020 - 16:37
30 June – 3 July: only one traffic lane on Route Jentschke The SMB department anschaef Mon, 06/29/2020 - 15:37

Please note that, due to construction work, Route Jentschke Road, near building 599, will have only one traffic lane from Tuesday, 30 June, to Friday, 3 July.

Speed will be limited to 30 km/h in that zone and vehicles must pass based on priority of direction (no alternating lights).

Thank you for your understanding.

eBooks for all!

Fri, 26/06/2020 - 10:49
eBooks for all! CERN Library anschaef Fri, 06/26/2020 - 09:49

An important role of public libraries is to ensure free access to knowledge for anyone. The open access movement, in the beginning focusing on free and unrestricted access to journals, has recently expanded its efforts to also opening up books. Already for journals, CERN took a leading role for open access in our discipline and has now also put increasing focus on textbooks and monographs.

CERN has over the last years been experimenting with open access books, based on experience gained from the CERN Report series, better known as Yellow Reports, which the Organization has published openly on the Internet since the mid 1990s. One of the first open access titles, sponsored by CERN, was “Melting hadrons, boiling quarks: from Hagedorn temperature to ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions at CERN” (Springer) by Jan Rafelski. In spite of being some sort of a “niche” title, the book enjoys a tremendous popularity. Since it was published, close to 130’000 chapter downloads have been recorded, a record number compared to any book of this type.

In conjunction with the 60th anniversary of CERN, three open access books were published by World Scientific. These books constitute a valuable resource for any teacher or student interested in particle and accelerator physics.

To test other business models for open access books, the CERN Library has recently worked with the open access platform Knowledge Unlatched to open up two popular books in the field of accelerator physics, both becoming available open access in November 2019:

Online Open Access to the books listed above has been financed by CERN, but if laboratories and universities collaborate one can achieve even more. One such example is the recent biography of accelerator physicist Rolf Widerøe “Obsessed by a Dream” by Aashild Sørheim, originally published in Norwegian. Translated open access editions in English and German will be published by Springer, financed by a collaboration of European and US laboratories, coordinated by CERN.

Persuaded of the importance of opening up relevant, high-quality books in particle physics and related areas, the Sponsoring Consortium for Particle Physics Publishing (SCOAP3), yet the largest open access collaboration, hosted at CERN, is now looking into a more systematic approach to support open access books.

There are several new open access books in the pipeline, and book projects obviously tend to span over a lengthy period of time. However, the volume 3 of the long-awaited “Particle Physics Reference Library” (Accelerators and Colliders) has just been published and the 2 other volumes are expected to appear in a few months (Vol. 1 Theory and experiments ; Vol. 2 Detectors for particles and radiation). This publication includes many CERN contributions and is edited by Herwig Schopper, Chris Fabjan and Steve Myers.

Open access books selected by the CERN Library are available via the Library catalogue.

CERN authors who have manuscripts in their drawers or already work with a publisher are invited to contact the Scientific Information Service to explore the possibilities for publishing open access.

CERN Scientific Information Service

Blood donation: an essential act of solidarity

Wed, 24/06/2020 - 11:08
Blood donation: an essential act of solidarity The Medical Service anschaef Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:08

Every year, CERN hosts several blood donation sessions. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next session, which was scheduled for 14 and 15 July, will not be able to take place.

However, please note that other options are available to blood donors: remember that giving blood save lives!

Before donating blood, you must make sure:

  • that you are in good health and have no COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, cold, breathing difficulties);
  • that you meet the conditions required to give blood. The following questionnaires are designed to allow you to determine whether you can do so in principle, but only the pre-donation conversation with the nurse or doctor on the day can confirm your eligibility:

- In Switzerland:
- In France:


Where can I donate blood over the summer?

If you live in Switzerland:

  • HUG Blood Transfusion Centre
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    The first and third Saturday of each month from 8.30 a.m. to 12 noon
    Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil, 6
    1205 Geneva
    Fifth floor

    Appointments can be made by telephone on +41 (0)22 372 39 01 or online:

If you have more questions about blood donation in Switzerland, see this website:

If you live in France, you can attend the following sessions without an appointment:

  • Salle des fêtes in Thoiry
    Rue des Cyprès, 01710 Thoiry
    Wednesday, 1 July from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Salle du levant in Ferney-Voltaire
    Chemin de Collex, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire
    Thursday, 2 July from 2.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • The Vidolet sports centre in Cessy
    Chemin des écoliers, 01170 Cessy
    Monday, 6 July from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Salle des fêtes in St-Nizier-le-Bouchoux
    136, Route de Saint-Julien, 01560 St-Nizier-le-Bouchoux
    Friday, 3 July from 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • L'Arande in St-Julien en Genevois
    24, Grande rue, 74160 St-Julien en Genevois
    Thursday, 23 July from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • L’Ellipse cultural centre in Viry
    140, Rue Villa Mary, 74580 Viry
    Wednesday, 29 July from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • Maison du don in Annemasse
    1, route de Taninges
    Mondays from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
    Tuesdays from 12.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Maison du don in Metz-Tessy
    2, chemin des Croiselets
    Mondays from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
    Thursdays from 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
    Saturdays from 8.00 a.m. to 12 noon

If you have more questions about blood donation in France (e.g. about where donation sessions are taking place in August), see this website:

Special measures have been implemented to ensure that the necessary protective measures are respected and to guarantee the safety of donors, volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CERN fixed and mobile lines will not be able to reach some Swiss phone numbers and telecom services as of 29th June

Mon, 22/06/2020 - 15:52
CERN fixed and mobile lines will not be able to reach some Swiss phone numbers and telecom services as of 29th June thortala Mon, 06/22/2020 - 14:52

Following a Swiss Federal Supreme Court ruling, some telecom services are subject to the Swiss Money Laundering Act (AMLA). As a consequence, all corporate customers in Switzerland will see their access to these services blocked by Swiss telephony operators as of 29th June 2020.

From this date, therefore, it will not be possible for CERN fixed or mobile lines to call, amongst others, Swiss 090x numbers, some Swiss SMS/MMS Business Numbers or Swisscom Easypay/NATELPay. Note that this includes numbers used by Geneva Airport, a number of airlines (including Swiss Miles&More, Lufthansa and Alitalia) and some consulates.

If you are contacting any of these services on a regular basis via a CERN mobile or fixed line, you may want to check with them how to continue reaching them.


For regular updates on your computing environment, please check the CERN computing blog (sign-in to access). To receive automatic monthly updates, subscribe to the computing-blog-update e-group

Library reopening

Mon, 22/06/2020 - 09:49
Library reopening thortala Mon, 06/22/2020 - 08:49

The Library desk (building 52-1-052) is going to reopen on June 29th 2020. We are going to be there to inform you at the usual opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We ask our readers to respect hygiene measures: follow the signs, wear a mask at all times, disinfect their hands before touching the books and do not move the chairs.

The Library spaces are open, with less seats to respect social distancing. Distributors of hydro-alcoholic solution are available.

You can borrow documents and also again request them from our catalogue on the CERN document server:

The Bookshop (building 52-1-052) is also going to reopen and document supply and ordering services are also going to fully restart:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:


The Library Team

Entrance B: cyclists must exit through the access control gate

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 22:05
Entrance B: cyclists must exit through the access control gate anschaef Tue, 06/09/2020 - 21:05

As of Wednesday, 10 June 2020, cyclists will be required to use the access control gate to the right of Entrance B when they leave the Meyrin site (see map) so that their exit can be registered (which is not the case when they use the road).

This gate, which is generally used by pedestrians and tour groups, registers all departures, making it possible to determine the number of people on the Meyrin site at a given moment.

This measure is being introduced in the context of COVID-19, because it is essential to know how many people are present on the CERN sites at all times.

Please note that the bicycle turnstiles at Entrances A, C and E, which already register departures, continue to operate normally.

Thank you for your understanding.

Preparing for retirement - seminars for staff

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 15:35
Preparing for retirement - seminars for staff thortala Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:35

If you are a staff member and considering retirement in the next one or two years, we encourage you to participate in two special seminars, organised by Human Resources Department.

Retirement marks the end of a person’s professional career and the start of a new chapter in life.  Research shows that this transition is easier for those who are well informed and prepared.

This programme consists of two seminars:

  1. Leaving CERN (half day): an information seminar at CERN, with presentations by internal speakers.

- organised once per year.

- next session scheduled on Thursday 8 October, afternoon.


  1. Preparation for retirement (2.5 days): a seminar organized at ILO, for international civil servants from different organizations in Geneva.

- organised once a year, with simultaneous translation in English/French

- next session in the Autumn, exact dates not yet known but you can already enrol now

Spouses and registered partners can also attend these seminars. Note that depending on the evolution of the pandemic, these seminars might be converted into online seminars.

Enrolment and more info

via the CERN Learning Hub
(Browse Catalogue, then select Your career@ CERN, then Leaving CERN).

Learning & Development Group
HR Department



Join our first worldwide Webfest

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 09:47
Join our first worldwide Webfest thortala Tue, 06/09/2020 - 08:47


The ‘Webfest’ — CERN’s annual hackathon based on open web technologies — will take place online for the first time this year. It will be held over the weekend of 27-28 June (with a pitch session on Friday 26 June, and winners announced on Monday 29 June). The event is open to all, meaning that people from anywhere in the world can take part.

Held each year since 2012, the Webfest brings together bright minds to work on creative projects. Participants work in small teams, often designing web and mobile applications that help people engage with CERN’s research, physics, or even science in general.

In previous versions of the Webfest, participants have worked on a wide range of exciting projects: from physics-themed video games to cheap mobile-phone cosmic-ray detectors, and from skills-sharing platforms to tools for translating sign language to text. And yes, these were all developed — or at least working prototypes were — over just one weekend!

The Webfest isn’t just for those that can code: anyone with an idea, a challenge, or other skills is welcome to take part.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘working together apart: accelerating collaboration’. Given the global COVID-19 crisis, we are particularly keen to see projects that address the evolving ways in which we work together. Building on CERN’s strong history of international collaboration, the Webfest provides an excellent opportunity to create tools to support the changing ways in which we do science.

Join us via the web — born at CERN — to help shape the future scientific collaboration!

Please find more information on the Webfest and how to register here: Registration closes at 23:59 CEST on Wednesday 24 June.

CERN Shuttle service reopening

Mon, 08/06/2020 - 09:57
CERN Shuttle service reopening thortala Mon, 06/08/2020 - 08:57


The gradual reopening of the CERN site will allow the shuttle service to restart circuit 2 from Monday June 15th 2020 onwards. Circuit 2 brings passengers from the main building on the Meyrin site (building 500) to the Prévessin site, stopping at Schuman Hostel in Saint-Genis-Pouilly.

The other circuits will remain inactive until further notice.


Thank you for your understanding,

Mobility services - SMB-SIS


8 June: reopening of Entrance C and CERN’s Reception

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 16:11
8 June: reopening of Entrance C and CERN’s Reception The SMB department anschaef Fri, 06/05/2020 - 15:11

Entrance C on the Meyrin site (Route Maxwell) will reopen to cars on Monday, 8 June (opening hours: 7.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.).

The CERN Reception (Building 33) will also reopen on Monday, 8 June, with the following opening hours: 8.00 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. Monday to Friday (except official CERN holidays).

Due to the civil engineering work currently under way in the vicinity, it will not be possible to reopen Entrance A (Route Bohr) in the immediate future.

Thank you for your understanding.

Opening of CERN Restaurant 1

Wed, 03/06/2020 - 23:23
Opening of CERN Restaurant 1 anschaef Wed, 06/03/2020 - 22:23

CERN Restaurant 1 is now open for eating in from 7.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

It is also still possible to order your meals in advance via MyNovae (orders to be collected from Restaurant 1).

Please note that all other CERN restaurants and cafeterias remain closed.

Due to the current situation, we ask you to follow the hygiene measures recommended by HSE:

  • it is compulsory to wear a mask, except when seated at a table to eat,
  • maintain a distance of at least 2 metres between individuals,
  • observe the signage for the flow of people,
  • disinfect your hands before entering the restaurant and/or before picking up an order,
  • work meetings and family meals are prohibited.

The whole restaurant team looks forward to welcoming you and thanks you for following the recommendations.

Back to a fortnightly Bulletin

Wed, 20/05/2020 - 18:14
Back to a fortnightly Bulletin thortala Wed, 05/20/2020 - 17:14

From 27 May onwards, the Bulletin will be sent out every two weeks, as it used to be before CERN went into stage 3 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of publishing a weekly Bulletin was to keep in touch with the community and to provide the most up-to-date information about CERN in a period of great uncertainty and isolation.
However, with the restart of activities and the subsequent gradual return of personnel to the CERN sites, the Bulletin will return to its normal schedule.

As a reminder, you can access news for the CERN community at any moment on the dedicated page on



Really “Brought to you by CERN Library”?

Mon, 18/05/2020 - 12:33
Really “Brought to you by CERN Library”? CERN Library anschaef Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:33

We often get this question from our readers: Why I can’t download this article, although I read “Brought to you by CERN Library” on the webpage?

Indeed, on some publishers’ sites, when you access them from a CERN IP address, you get this message wrongly implying that you can read all their e-journals and e-books. This is unfortunately not true: for most publishers, we subscribe to a selection of their journals and we buy only a fraction of their e-books collections.

To know if we have access to a journal or an e-book, we suggest you to check CDS, where we list only the titles we have access to. Please note that in CDS, you need to look for the journals at the title level. All the articles published in the journals are not indexed individually.

Did you ever click on the PDF link to an interesting article and hit a so-called “paywall” instead, either at CERN or, if outside, through the Library proxy? No problem, we can get it for you. Just fill in this form, and we will make sure you get it as soon as possible.

If you have any question or remark, please contact, visit our webpage or try our new Mattermost Channel!

Register now for the Neutrino 2020 online conference

Mon, 18/05/2020 - 11:17
Register now for the Neutrino 2020 online conference anschaef Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:17

Registration is now open for the Neutrino 2020 online conference. Half-day sessions will take place from Mondays to Thursdays between 22 June and 2 July, and will include both plenary talks and poster sessions. A block schedule is posted on the conference webpage and a detailed agenda will be available soon.

Please note that registration for the online conference is required even if you had previously registered for the in-person event. There is no registration fee to attend. Please register before June 8.

Over the past few weeks, we have received 570 poster abstracts for the online conference. Instructions on poster preparation are also now available for presenters on the conference webpage.

We appreciate that everyone is experiencing the present COVID-19 situation in different ways. We look forward to bringing the community together, despite these challenging times, as a chance to talk about neutrino physics and hopefully make some new connections.

Steve Brice, Marvin Marshak, Sam Zeller
for the Neutrino 2020 Local Organizing Committee

Sam Zeller
MicroBooNE Co-Spokesperson
Deputy Division Head>

Neutrino Division
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
(630) 840-6879 office>

Help reshape the Office of Data Privacy’s website

Wed, 13/05/2020 - 12:15
Help reshape the Office of Data Privacy’s website anschaef Wed, 05/13/2020 - 11:15

When looking for information about data protection at CERN, you may have already consulted the website of the Office of Data Privacy (ODP).

It was set up over two years ago, before CERN introduced its data-protection framework, to provide the CERN community with practical details about the subject and to raise awareness.

Many things have evolved in the meantime: the implementation of Operational Circular no. 11 is advancing well, and several measures have been put in place to make sure that data protection becomes a habit of everybody at CERN who deals with personal data.

The current website needs to be spruced up. A review of its content and its presentation is necessary to reflect the work that has been done so far. And the upcoming discontinuation of the underlying Drupal 7 platform is the perfect opportunity to perform a comprehensive overhaul.

The ODP aims for a new website that is not only easy on the eyes, but that also provides you with the information – theoretical and practical – about data protection that you need to carry out your daily activities.

Therefore, the ODP would like to know your expectations and requirements. Tell us what details about data protection are important to you. Get inspired by the current website: What do you like and dislike? Is something missing or superfluous? What can be improved?

You might have been informed about this project by your Departmental Data Protection Coordinator. If you have not yet conveyed your feedback to them, please use the web form that is available on the ODP’s website allowing you to share your feedback with the ODP. The deadline is the 29 May.

Gabriele Thiede and Miguel Coelho dos Santos
Office of Data Privacy


Ordering meals at Restaurant 1

Wed, 13/05/2020 - 10:38
Ordering meals at Restaurant 1 mbbouvie Wed, 05/13/2020 - 09:38

Currently, Restaurant 1 is the only open restaurant on the CERN sites. Self-service remains available, but a distribution system has been organised: you can order your meal the day before, before 3 p.m. and collect it the next day from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m at the Grab 'n' Go kiosk; after 1.30 p.m., the distribution point is the self-service section of R1.

Salads and daily specials are served in ReCircle boxes. These boxes are distributed in exchange for a deposit of CHF 10. They can be returned for reimbursement or exchanged at any Novae restaurant.

To consult the menus and order your meal, visit the MyNovae website.