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Pubblicazioni open access

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  • SNSF Funding of Open Access publications

    The SNSF awards grants towards the costs and fees for:

    1. Publications in Open Access journals: Article Processing Charges (APCs) of articles related to SNSF-funded research.
    2. Publication of Open Access books (monographs and anthologies): Book Processing Charges (BPCs) up to CHF 15'000 + supplementary costs. Printing costs are excluded.
    3. Publication of Open Access book chapters: Book chapter processing charges (BCPCs) of chapters related to SNSF-funded research.

    APCs and BCPs are only granted for publishing research results obtained in research projects funded by the SNSF.

    Please refer to the relevant SNSF regulations and in case of any doupt contact the Research and Transfer Service in advance.

  • Open Access expenses covered by USI

    Some other costs related to Open Access publications are covered by the Università della Svizzera italiana.

    In particular, two types of costs are covered by USI:

    • Costs for publication of articles in pure, high-level peer reviewed open access journals when not related to an SNSF project;
    • Other mandatory additional fees for publication of articles in pure open access journals.

    USI does not cover printing costs, optional costs for colour printing and extra costs for open access publications in closed access journals (hybrid approach). If a traditional journal offers you the possibility to pay an extra for open access do not accept! Unless this is included in a specific read & publish agreement (see below).

    In case of any doubt, please contact the Research Service in advance.


  • Read and publish agreements

    Specific agreements regarding the price of APCs have been reached with some publishers. This gives to researchers affiliated at USI the opportunity to publish gold or hybrid open access articles for free in several journals.
    To this purpose, the email address of USI or of an associated institute shall be used during the article submission process.

    The list of active agreements, with related details, is available here. For further information, please contact: [email protected].




Aggiornato al: 21 febbraio 2023