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 12 months after the original publication date.


The SNSF offers funding for Article Processing Charges (APCs) for articles in pure open-access journals

Expenses for books and book chapters published open access can also be funded. Books that are outputs of non-SNF-funded projects are covered as well.

What to keep in mind

  • Applications for APC and BPC funding have to be submitted via mySNF (external link). Applications can be submitted even after the project has ended, but no later than 6 months after the publication date.
  • Funding is only granted for publications in pure open access journal, which can usually be found via the Directory of Open Access Journals (external link).
  • If you publish in a subscription journal, you must deposit your article in an OA repository (such as the Research Collection (external link)) and make it available no later than 6 months after the original publication. Check SHERPA/RoMEO (external link) to find out if the publisher allows self-archiving already within 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.