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 APC/BPC that could not be covered by other funding bodies and for publications that are not in hybrid journals or books.
Eligibility of applications (updated on 05/06/2023)
Applications for publication funding support must meet the following criteria :
- 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.
- The overall amount of publication fees must not exceed CHF 2'500.- excluding VAT for an article and CHF 8'000.- excluding VAT for a book.
- Publication costs cannot not be covered by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
- The publisher of the journal or book guarantees immediate and free electronic access to the publication.
- Eligible article or book is published under a Creative Commons license.
- The article or the book chapter must not be published in a hybrid journal/book.
- For an article, the journal has a peer-review or editorial review committee and must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), or be eligible to be listed.
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 recipient of the funding deposits the published version of the document (Version of Record) in the repository Archive ouverte UNIGE at the latest when it is published.
Corresponding authors affiliated to the HUG may benefit from the fund, provided that the article in question is published by MDPI.
For requests that meet the above eligibility criteria, the full amount of the invoice will be covered until the resources are exhausted.