Funders Policies and Requirements

Many research support organisations have now established guidelines and regulations regarding the publication of the results of the research they fund. The table below summarises the policies that primarily concern researchers at the University of Geneva.

The two tables below show the requirements of different funders in Switzerland and abroad.


In Switzerland

Scope All publications written by the institution's staff All publications resulting from a project funded at
≥ 50% by the SNSF must be in Open Access
All publications resulting from research funded at ≥ 50% from public funds must be in Open Access
Start From 21.01.2022

From 2020

From 2024
Gold Road OA Various special agreements with publishers.
Publication support fund available under certain conditions, as a subsidiary to other possible funding
100% coverage of publication costs (APC) through the Chronoshub platform National OA Fund project underway
Green Road OA Accepted.

Must be deposited in the Archive ouverte UNIGE on or before the date of publication.

Accepted, without embargo for articles (12 months for books)

For projects funded before January 1st, 2023, a 6-month embargo for articles is authorized

Accepted, with a maximum embargo of 6 months for articles (12 for books)
OA in Hybrid journals Accepted, but without funding other than specific agreements (Read&Publish licenses) signed by the Library Accepted, but no funding provided Support through national Read&Publish licences that avoid double payment
Licence Most open license among the proposed choices

Authors must retain intellectual property rights.

To do so, the accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript) of scientific articles must be disseminated in an institutional repository under a CC BY license (Rights Retention Strategy).


The SNSF now checks all publications from the projects it funds.

A national monitoring project on Open Access expenditure is underway.

Link Open Access Policy

SNSF's Open Access website

Swissuniversities' Open Access webpages




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All peer-reviewed publications of a project must be made freely available.

Additional obligations may apply to specific actions (e.g. the use of EOSC).

The NIH Public Access Policy requires that any manuscript :

  • peer-reviewed ;
  • accepted for publication ;
  • resulting from direct funding from an NIH grant or an active cooperation agreement

be submitted to PubMed Central and made available to the public no later than 12 months after the official publication dates.

All publications resulting from research funded by cOAlition S members must be in Open Access.
Start From 01.01.2021 (Horizon Europe, including ERC) From 07.04.2008 From 2021
Gold road OA Publication costs are eligible for reimbursement for the duration of the project under the project grant.

Publication costs can be charged to NIH grants and contracts.

Publication costs generally covered for by Plan S signatories. Obligation to publish under an open licence.
Green road OA Accepted, but without embargo Accepted, on PubMed Central, with a maximum 12 month embargo

Accepted, but without embargo
OA in Hybrid journals Publication costs are not eligible for reimbursement. Publication costs can be charged to NIH grants and contracts. Accepted on a transitional basis only

CC-BY or equivalent licence for articles.

CC BY-NC, CC BY-ND or equivalent licence for monographs and other long texts.

Authors must retain sufficient intellectual property rights to meet these requirements.

  Authors must retain intellectual property rights.

Publications must be published under an open license, preferably CC BY.
Compliance If a beneficiary breaches any of its obligations under the Open Access article of the Grant Agreement, the grant may be reduced. Such a breach may also lead to one of the other measures described in the articles of the Grant Agreement. For non-competitive continuation awards with a start date after 1 July 2013: the NIH will delay processing an award if the resulting publications do not comply with the NIH public access policy.

cOAlition S members will take sanctions against recipients of funds who do not respect these principles.

Link  EU support for open access The NIH Public access policy - FAQ Why Plan S