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On the road to 100% open access publications

Along with the SNSF, the NCCR Chemical Biology goes hand in hand with the national strategy to reach 100% open access publications by 2020. In 2018, we reached nearly 50% of open access publications. Researchers can apply for grants from the SNSF to cover gold road peer-reviewed OA publishing costs.

The SNSF supports the principle of free accessibility: it has adopted the aim that all publications resulting from its funding will be openly accessible as of 2020. It requires grantees to make the results of SNSF-funded projects available in an open access (OA) publication or database. All the NCCR related research falls under this umbrella as well. As of October 1, 2018 publication costs that were paid in the last 6 months (from April 1, 2018) are also refunded.

The SNSF provides grants to finance scientific publications that are made available immediately, without restriction and free of charge (so-called gold open access) as opposed to the green road whereby results are published either in a journal with a paywall first, then place them in a public database after six months or books are subject to an embargo period of 12 months. The SNSF offers grants to cover the costs for gold-road peer-reviewed publications including article processing charges, book processing charges and book chapter processing charges. There is a straightforward process to apply for these grants on the online platform mySNF.

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