About us

The “DeFac­to — more than opi­ni­ons” web plat­form makes the exper­ti­se and results of rese­arch in poli­ti­cal sci­ence and other social sci­en­ces acces­si­ble to a wider audience.

Various types of con­tri­bu­ti­on will be publis­hed on DeFac­to, such as sim­pli­fied ver­si­ons of arti­cles publis­hed in sci­en­ti­fic jour­nals or books, sum­ma­ries of rese­arch reports, and ana­ly­ses and com­men­ta­ries pro­du­ced exclu­si­ve­ly for this plat­form. Advan­ced stu­dents will also be able to pre­sent the results of their aca­de­mic work. The arti­cles will be publis­hed main­ly in French, Ger­man and Ita­li­an. The arti­cles will be short and con­cise, with a clear indi­ca­ti­on of the methods and theo­ries on which they are based.

DeFac­to was crea­ted by Sarah Büti­ko­fer, Fabri­zio Gilar­di and Georg Lutz. The launch of the DeFac­to plat­form was fun­ded from 2015 for an initi­al two-year pha­se by the Swiss Natio­nal Sci­ence Foun­da­ti­on, as part of the Ago­ra pro­gram­me. The con­ti­nua­tion of the pro­ject in 2017 and 2018 was fun­ded by the Insti­tu­te of Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich, the Insti­tu­te of Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bern, the Cen­ter for Com­pa­ra­ti­ve and Inter­na­tio­nal Stu­dies (CIS), the Depart­ment of Huma­nities and Social and Poli­ti­cal Sci­en­ces of the Swiss Federal Insti­tu­te of Tech­no­lo­gy Zurich, as well as by FORS, the Natio­nal Com­pe­tence Cent­re for Social Sci­en­ces of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lausanne.

Sin­ce 2019, the Cent­re for Demo­cra­cy in Aar­au (ZDA) and the Gra­dua­te Insti­tu­te of Public Admi­nis­tra­ti­on (IDHEAP) have also con­tri­bu­t­ed to fun­ding the plat­form, and sin­ce 2020 the Depart­ment of Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Basel, the Depart­ment of Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence and Inter­na­tio­nal Rela­ti­ons at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Gene­va, the Insti­tu­te of Poli­ti­cal Stu­dies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lau­sanne, the Insti­tu­te of Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lucer­ne and the Depart­ment of Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Gal­len. At its annu­al mee­ting in Febru­a­ry 2020, the Swiss Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence Asso­cia­ti­on (SPSA) deci­ded to take over spon­sor­s­hip of DeFac­to and also to con­tri­bu­te to its fun­ding. In 2021, nccr on the move joi­ned the cir­cle of insti­tu­ti­ons that finan­cial­ly sup­port DeFacto.

The plat­form is mana­ged by an edi­to­ri­al team and sup­por­ted by an edi­to­ri­al board. The dele­ga­tes on the edi­to­ri­al board have stra­te­gic respon­si­bi­li­ty for the platform.




The fol­lowing peop­le are mem­bers of the edi­to­ri­al board (in addi­ti­on to the mem­bers of the edi­to­ri­al committee):



Insti­tut für Politikwissenschaft
Affol­tern­stras­se 56
8050 Zürich
Tel.: +41 44 634 54 11

E‑mail: info@defacto.expert

Lin­kedIn: DeFac­to

Twit­ter: @DeFactoExpert

Face­book: DeFac­to

Mastodon: @DeFacto@masto.ai

Foun­ding mem­bers 2015 (left to right): Georg Lutz, Sarah Büti­ko­fer and Fabri­zio Gilar­di. Pho­to: DeFactoDeFacto Redaktion