Open access publications

The SNSF, like other major funding agencies, requires grantees to make the results of SNSF-funded projects available in an open access publication or database. As of 2020, all results have to be available in open access.

For publications, there are different open access models that are all compliant with SNSF regulations.

  • The gold route: the article is published in journals that are openly, freely and immediately accessible in the Internet; the list of gold open access journals can be found on DOAJ. Usually, journals invoice article processing charges (APC) to cover publishing services linked to quality control, editing, publishing and digital archiving. The SNSF covers these APC only in the gold open access route. APC can be paid directly by the SNSF through the online platform mySNF in a straightforward process and so these costs shouldn’t be charged to MARVEL funds. When researchers don’t have to pay any APC, we speak of the diamond or platinum route.
  • The green route: researchers self-archive their scientific articles, contributions or books in an institutional (e.g. EPFL InfoScience, ETHZ Research Collection, etc.), disciplinary or preprint (e.g. arXiv.org) repository, usually after an embargo period. The green route is compliant with SNSF regulations as long as the embargo period is at most 6 months.
  • The hybrid route: researchers publish in a subscription journal, which only provides open access for those individual articles for which the authors pay APC. These APC cannot be covered by MARVEL or other SNSF funds. The hybrid route is nonetheless compliant with SNSF regulations.

Personal open access report 

To further promote open access publications, SNSF is developing the SNSF Open Access Check web application, which indicates which publications of a given author are openly accessible. This prototype searches articles that have been published since 2015. More information is available in this article published by the SNSF in early June 2020. In particular, it appears that researchers can often use the green route to make articles that are currently behind a paywall publicly available. 

The publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis can be found online on Sherpa Romeo.

Switzerland Read&Publish agreements with three major publishers

As of 1 May 2021, swissuniversities has concluded a new Read&Publish agreement with John Wiley & Sons. It will provide students and researchers access to over 1’450 journals. At the same time, this agreement enables all MARVEL authors to publish in the group open access journals at no charge to the authors.

Since July 2020, Switzerland has an open access agreement with Springer. Researchers affiliated with a participating institution (including all MARVEL-related academic institutions) can publish their articles open access at no cost to them in more than 1’850 Springer hybrid journals. Established by the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries, this agreement also covers reading access to over 2’300 subscription journals via institutional access.

In May 2020, swissuniversities and Elsevier have adopted a similar agreement, combining reading and publishing. Negotiations with Wiley are still ongoing.


Have a look at the SNSF open access dedicated website https://oa100.snf.ch/ for more details.