Swiss National Science Foundation

Since 2007 the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has required grant recipients to publish research results in open-access formats.


In order to comply with the SNSF's open-access regulations you can publish your articles and books directly via the Gold Road as an open-access publication. Alternatively, you can also publish articles and books with subscription publishers and make them freely available via an open-access repository (Green Road). In the latter case, articles must be made available no later than 6 months, books no later than 24 months (from 1st April 2018: 12 months) after the original publication date.


The SNSF offers researchers the opportunity to claim publication fees for articles in pure open-access journals as project costs. There is currently a cap of CHF 3000 for individual APCs, which will however be suspended on 1st April 2018.

Expenses for books published open access can be claimed via the project budget or funded by an independent publication grant. From 1st April 2018 grant recipients will be able to apply for Book Processing Charges (BPCs) within mySNF. This will also be possible after the project has ended and will include books that are outputs of non-SNF-funded projects.

What to keep in mind

  • If you plan to publish in OA journals you must include the APCs in your grant application (until October 2018) or apply for the APC funding within mySNF's OA platform (from October 2018).
  • If you publish in a subscription journal, you must deposit your article in an OA repository (such as the Research Collection) and make it available no later than 6 months after the original publication.
  • Publishing in subscription journals that require an embargo of more than 6 months is only possible if the journal offers a paid open-access option (so-called hybrid journals). In this case however you must pay the APCs from other funds, since the SNSF does not cover APCs for articles in hybrid journals.