Swiss National Science Foundation further intensifies its open access efforts

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has set the goal to reach 100% open access for SNSF funded publications by 2020. However, the actual percentage is still far away from that mark. Therefore, the SNSF has decided to monitor the publication outcome of SNSF projects closer in future.

In the past years, the SNSF took several measures to ease and promote open access publishing for scientists who received SNSF grants. The most important one being that scientists could apply directly for open access related costs via mySNSF (external link) since October 2018.

Unlike other funders, the SNSF not only supports open access funding for scientific articles but also for books and book chapters. The requirements are that all scientific articles must be open access after 6 months at the latest and books or book chapters after 12 months. The green, as well as the golden route of open access, are ok.

However, a recent monitoring of SNSF revealed that only 48% of all SNSF publications from 2014-2018 are available open access. The SNSF has thus decided to monitor the publications emerging from SNSF funded projects closer and get in contact with the researchers who do not meet the requirements. So far, the SNSF has not announced any negative consequences for non-compliant researchers.

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