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Publication Fund

Following the adoption of the Swiss National Strategy on Open Access on January 2017, the Rectorate approved (04.12.2017) the creation of a central fund to cover part of the cost of publishing (Article Processing Charges or APCs) in Gold Open Access journals, or for books and books chapters that follow similar principles. Since January 2022, this fund is also supported by Swissuniversities within the framework of the National OA Fund project. The management of the fund is entrusted to the Scientific Information Division (DIS), which distributes the funds on a quarterly basis to ensure availability throughout the year.

The support fund can only be used for publication costs (APC/BPC) that are not covered by other funding sources, in particular the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

The fund covers the first CHF 1500.- of the APC/BPC fees.

Eligibility of applications (updated on 10th January 2023)

 Applications for publication funding support must meet the following criteria :
  • Publication costs are not covered by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
  • The corresponding author of the publication is a staff member of the University of Geneva and mentions this affiliation in the publication. Are they more than one, the first person mentioned is considered.

Publications that are not published by MDPI must also meet the following conditions:

  • If the first author is a collaborator affiliated to the University of Geneva, they will not be eligible if they have the status of ordinary, associate, full, visiting or honorary professor.
  • The amount of the APC may not exceed CHF 2'500.- excluding VAT for articles and CHF 8'000.- excluding VAT for books.
  • Eligible articles and books are published under a Creative Commons license.
  • The publisher of the journal or book guarantees immediate and free electronic access to the publication.
For articles :
  • Publication in hybrid journals is excluded.
Applications for publication support must be submitted through the online form as soon as the manuscript has been accepted by the publisher. The DIS announces its decision as soon as possible based on the availability of funds. If, however, the number of applications exceeds the resources available, the circle of beneficiaries may be restricted to young researchers. .

The beneficiary of the funding makes sure that the final version of the publication (Version of Record) is deposited in the repository Archive ouverte UNIGE as soon as it is published online.