g) What should be done if the publisher proposes an embargo period which exceeds that specified in the regulations issued by the SNSF

Many publishers agree to the self-archiving of publications (about 90%). The embargo periods differ from publisher to publisher. They may vary from the complete absence of an embargo period to a five-year embargo (in rare cases). An overview of publishers' practices may be found on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.

Since the SNSF embargo period is 6 months for articles and 24 months for books, we advise researchers to contact the publishers with regard to meeting the SNSF Open Access criteria. If open access publication in accordance with these regulations is not possible for legal reasons, grantees are obliged, if asked, to inform the SNSF and provide it with the relevant documents.

It should be noted that making a publication available on platforms such as ResearchGate or Academia does not meet the SNSF Open Access criteria because the compulsory registration required inhibits Open Access and introduces an economic model based on the sale of users' data, which the SNSF does not support. It should also be stressed that making a publication accessible on the author's own website does not meet the SNSF Open Access criteria because long-term access is not guaranteed