Open Access to Publications

The results of research financed by public funds should be published electronically so that they are freely and immediately available without charge and can thus be reused by third parties, since they are considered as a public good. In support of the principle of Open Access, the SNSF expects grantees to make the results of the research projects it has supported accessible to the public.

Numerous studies have shown that Open Access (OA) helps boost the visibility of research among researchers, the media and the general public. It thus promotes the transfer of knowledge, the rationalisation of resources and the efficiency of research, while accelerating scientific progress. Increasingly, OA is regarded as a new standard of excellence for scientific research, offering new opportunities for funding, partnerships and jobs.

Within the framework of the SNSF's OA policy, grantees are required to publish the results of their research in the form of Open Access publications, either as articles in scientific journals or as books. This commitment may be fulfilled by following one of the two main versions of OA, i.e. the "Green Road" (self-archiving in an institutional or discipline-specific repository after publication by a publisher) or the "Gold Road" (direct publication in an Open Access journal).


Open Access to Publications


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