| How to access SERVAL | Aims | Benefits | Automatic entry into Serval | Workflow

How to access SERVAL

To browse the repository: Public interface for people outside of UNIL.

To enter publications: If you are a UNIL member, you can access SERVAL through the public interface by clicking on the "Log in" button on the top right corner.

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You can also do it through your MyUnil personal page. Simply click on the SERVAL icon on the top right corner.



The aim of SERVAL is twofold:

  • Firstly, it aims at gathering and preserving all the scientific production of UNIL.
  • Secondly, it aims at maximising our researchers' visibility, by enabling them to follow the Green Open Access road.


For researchers

More visibility, impact and citations (stemming from OA). Legally sharing your research (vs. ResearchGate). Long-term access and archiving. Usage stats. For all kinds of documents. Foster new collaborations.


Centralise and share the scientific production of the University. Increased ranking and prestige due to the positioning of OA publications on Google and Google Scholar. Long-term preservation of the intellectual patrimony.

For society

Access to knowledge. Return of investment for those who finance scientific research. A decrease in the access of information gap between institutions and countries.

Automatic entry into Serval

We automatically search for new UNIL/CHUV publications on Web of Science each month. Those with ORCID identifiers linked to UNIL and/or published in either Gold or Hybrid Open Access are imported into Serval and a notification is sent to all linked authors.

You can then add the record to Serval by following the instruction in the email. 

So, use your ORCID number when publishing, link it to Unisciences and check your inbox the first Monday of each month!


SERVAL is a great tool for securely storing your scientific publications and a platform to render them open by following the Green Road. Depositing in SERVAL is compliant with virtually all Open Access mandates.

The downloadable scheme below is intended to help you during the deposit process. It shows the information flow within SERVAL and what is expected of the author in each step.

Several short videos are available which show how to deposit in SERVAL.