Publishing in open-access journals: Funding

The ETH-Bibliothek provides researchers from ETH Zurich with the possibility to publish in open-access journals either free of charge or at a reduced price.

Full Article Processing Charge funding

For publications in the open access journals of the following publishing houses, ETH-Bibliothek covers the article fees.  

The requirement is for the first or corresponding author of the article submitted to be a member of ETH Zurich.  

Members of ETH Zurich do not pay any publication fees in any BioMed Central (external link) or SpringerOpen (external link) journals.

The affiliation with ETH Zurich is automatically detected via your IP range when submitting a manuscript.

Please be aware that this funding option is not available for Springer's subscription-based journals that offer an open access option (Springer Open Choice (external link)).

Members of ETH Zurich do not pay any publication fees for any Copernicus (external link) journals if they use the LaTex or MS WORD templates provided by the publisher. If an author does not use one of these templates, Copernicus will charge the difference to the aforementioned variant to the author.

In order to take advantage of this arrangement, please select ETH Zurich from the drop-down menu when submitting your manuscript in the section "Manuscript Registration".

Members of ETH Zurich do not pay publication fees for any Frontiers (external link) journals.

In order to take advantage of this arrangement, please select ETH Zurich from the drop-down menu when submitting your manuscript in the section "Choose Payer".

Members of ETH Zurich do not pay publication fees for any MDPI (external link) journals.

In order to take advantage of this arrangement, please select ETH Zurich from the institutional membership drop-down menu when submitting your manuscript through the MDPI submission system "Susy".

Members of ETH Zurich do not pay publication fees for any PLOS (external link) journals.

In order to take advantage of this arrangement, please select ETH Zurich from the drop-down menu when submitting your manuscript in the section "Direct Billing to Institutions and Funders".

ETH-Bibliothek supports the initiative SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) (external link) within the context of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries.

ETH-Bibliothek enables authors at ETH Zurich to publish for free in currently ten Open Access Journals in Particle Physics (external link).

Members of ETH Zurich do not pay any publication fees in any Wiley Open Access (external link) journals.

When submitting the manuscript via the online form for the specific Wiley Open Access journal choose ETH Zurich as institution from the drop-down menu.

Please be aware that this funding option is only available for pure Open Access journals. We do not fund open access options in Wiley's subscription-based journals (OnlineOpen (external link)).

Free open access option

The following publishers provide their open access options to members of ETH Zurich free of charge.

An unlimited number of "article credits" are available to members of ETH Zurich, which means they can use the open-access option free of charge.

Further information: Author Choice Open Access at ECS (external link)

Discounts on Article Processing Charges

The following journals and publishers offer discounted open-access conditions for members of ETH Zurich.
Please bear in mind that you might need to explicitly indicate your entitlement to a reduction of the publication fee for these journals when submitting.

ETH Zurich members receive a discount of ten per cent on the regular article fee of USD 165.

Further information: Open-access arrangements for Acta Crystallographica Section E (external link)

  • Members of ETH Zurich pay USD 3,000 instead of USD 4,000 for the open-access option.
  • The rate for ACS members from ETH Zurich is reduced to USD 1,500.

Further information: ACS AuthorChoice (external link)

  • Members of ETH Zurich can publish free of charge in the journal F1000 Research (external link) if they apply for a corresponding voucher from ETH-Bibliothek.
  • If the voucher quota has already been exhausted for the current year, members of ETH Zurich receive a discount of 10 per cent on the regular publication fee.

ETH Zurich members pay USD 1,000 instead of USD 1,350 for open-access option.

Further information: PNAS Open Access Option (external link)

ETH Zurich members pay USD 3,000 instead of USD 3,500 for the open-access option.

Further information: Portland Press Opt2Pay (external link)

Members of ETH Zurich receive a discount of 15 per cent on the regular fee of GBP 1,600 for the open-access option.

Further information: RSC Gold open access (external link)

ETH Zurich members receive a discount of 15 per cent on the regular article fee. This discount can be redeemed via the Apply Discounts window by typing "ETH Zurich" into the search field and selecting the institution from a the drop-down list in the Affiliation Discount section.

Further information: Science Advances Article processing charges (external link)

Other funding options

The Swiss National Science Foundation (external link) and the European Commission (external link) offer special funding options for publications that originate from research projects.

Hybrid journals

Hybrid journals operate according to the conventional subscription model. In addition, they allow authors to make individual articles freely accessible online by paying a fee (open-access option).

These days, the majority of major publishing houses offers this open-access model, including Springer, Elsevier, and Wiley.

For financial reasons, ETH Zurich does not currently support open-access publications in hybrid journals. As a reduction in the subscription fees proportionate to the open-access publication fees is not guaranteed by the publisher, higher costs are to be expected for the university overall.