q) What is the legal situation regarding copyright?

In accordance with the freedom to publish, authors are free to decide where they wish to publish the results of their research. Above and beyond the mandatory legal provisions – i.e., for the publishing contract, the Code of Obligations (CO) and the Federal Copyright Act (CopA, currently being revised) – copyright is defined by the terms of the contract (copyright transfer agreement, licence to publish) that the author has concluded with the publisher and/or any general conditions to which the author has agreed. Copyright has two components. First, copyright in the strict sense (art. 9 para. 1 CopA) refers to the author's right to their work and to recognition of the authorship of a work: this relates to the transfer of copyright. Second, the right of use (art. 9 para. 2 CopA) gives the author the exclusive right to decide whether, when, how and under what author's designation their own work is published: this relates to licensing.

SNSF grantees are obliged to make the results of any research supported by the SNSF available to the public in an appropriate manner, and in particular to comply with the SNSF's rules on Open Access, which means making the scientific publications accessible to the public (art. 47 of the Funding Regulations and section 11.9 et seq. of the General implementation regulations for the Funding Regulations).

General implementation regulations for the Funding Regulations (PDF)