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Sostegno finanziario per 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)
    2. Publication of Open Access books (monographs and anthologies): Book Processing Charges (BPCs)
    3. Publication of Open Access book chapters: Book chapter processing charges (BCPCs)

    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.

     

    1. Publications in Open Access Journal

    The SNSF funds the publication of articles related to SNSF projects published in pure, high-level peer-reviewed Open Access journals (gold-road, listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals https://doaj.org/). It does not award grants for textbook, special issues of journals, conference proceedings, new editions or translations.

    Applicants
    Funding applications must be submitted on mySNF by the grantees or the project staff of the related SNSF project (submission possible all year round).

    Budget
    The SNSF reimburses at the most the actual costs and fees incurred in connection with APCs.
    The awarded grants are generally paid directly to the publishers via the OA platform of the SNSF.

    Transition
    If funds for OA journal articles were awarded as part of an SNSF grant prior to 1 April 2018, such funds may also be used for APCs after 1 October 2018. However, it is also permissible for grantees to settle the APCs via the OA platform as of 1 October 2018 and retain the funds awarded for APCs as part of the grant. They may use them to cover other project costs.

    FAQ

    • If a journal is listed on the website https://doaj.org, is it considered as a high-level peer-reviewed Open Access journal?
      Yes. If the journal is listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the article is related to a SNSF funded project it is possible to ask for a SNSF publication grant to cover APCs.
       
    • A journal which is not listed on the DOAJ can be eligible for SNSF publication grants?
      In principle not. If you are not sure why a gold Open Access journal is not listed in the DOAJ and would like the SNSF to cover the APC, please contact the administrative office of the SNSF.
       
    • If I pay extra for an article in a closed access journal to be open access, am I reimbursed for the amount of the extra costs for the open access?
      No. the SNSF does not funds the “hybrid” approach where researchers publish in a subscription journal but pay an additional APC to release their publication for Open Access because access to the scientific results is thus paid for twice (double dipping).
       
    • If my publications costs amount to CHF 5’000, will the SNSF pay for the total amount?
      Yes, for the time being, The SNSF reimburses the actual costs and fees incurred in connection with APCs. This is also true for SNSF grants that have been approved before April 2018 with a dedicated budget for OA articles.
       
    • As of April 1st 2018 I do not have to add the costs for OA publications in the application budget anymore, but I can ask them at any time during the grant and even after the duration period of the grant?
      Yes, as of the 1 April 2018 costs for Open Access publications are not anymore eligible costs for the submission of proposals. However, if the publication is related to a SNSF funded project a grant for OA publication may be requested at any time during or after the project, even if the project has been approved before April 2018. These costs are on top of the grant budget.

     

     

    2. Publication of Open Access books

    The SNSF funds publication of open access monographs and anthologies. Monographs are intended as comprehensive, peer-reviewed scientific works; anthologies are peer-reviewed scientific works on a particular topic that is the responsibility of an editor or team of editors and that consists of contributions from different authors, for which each is individually responsible.

    The SNSF does not award grants for textbooks, special issues of journals, conference proceedings, new editions or translations.

    Applicants

    1. Applications for publications produced within the scope of an SNSF-funded research project must be submitted by the grantees or the project staff and must refer to the funded project.
    2. Applicants for monographs that resulted from their doctoral thesis are eligible provided the doctoral thesis or habilitation was defended and accepted at a Swiss university.
    3. Applicants for Open Access books that did not result from an SNSF-funded project must meet the general requirements for submitting applications to the SNSF. In particular, they must prove a research activity of at least 50% FTE at a Swiss research institution and be able to show that they have the scientific qualifications and background required for the relevant funding scheme.
      Applications for anthologies must be submitted by the responsible editor or by a member of the editorial team.

    Submission possible all year round.

    Quality control
    Quality control for monographs and anthologies is the responsibility of the publisher. Publishers must arrange for a peer review in accordance with the requirements set out below:

    • At least one external, independent and meaningful review in written form;
    • Assessment of the entire manuscript;
    • The reviewer must demonstrably comply with the SNSF rules regarding conflicts of interest and must be independent as regards his/her relationship with the applicants and with the publisher;
    • The topic of the publication must lie in the reviewer’s area of expertise;
    • Documentation of the peer review and in particular of the manner in which each criticism offered by the reviewer has been considered and acted on;
    • In the case of anthologies, the review must comment on each individual contribution to the anthology;
    • For doctoral theses and habilitations, the reviews of the thesis/habilitations by the higher education institution may be used.

    Budget
    The SNSF reimburses BPCs according to the following rates for different modules:

    • Basic module: max. CHF 15’000 for publications up to 750’000 characters including following services: quality control incl. peer review; editing and/or proofreading; typesetting, layout and cover; image processing and image reproduction rights; marketing and distribution; provision of the conventional digital and Open Access-specific metadata and publication of the Open Access work on the publisher’s website.
    • Supplementary module for higher number of characters: CHF 3’000 for up to 250’000 additional characters or CHF 5’000 for more than 1 million characters.
    • Supplementary module for layout and image rights: max. CHF 5’000.
    • Supplementary module for e-book with additional functions (e.g. audio, video, interactive functions, etc.): max. CHF 5’000.
    • Supplementary module for foreign language proofreading: max. CHF 5’000.

    The SNSF does not make any contributions towards the printing costs of monographs and anthologies.

     

     

    3. Publication of Open Access book chapters

    The SNSF funds publication of book chapters as contribution to peer-reviewed anthologies for which the respective authors are individually responsible. It does not award grants for textbooks, special issues of journals, conference proceedings, new editions or translations.

    Applicants
    Funding applications must be submitted on mySNF by the grantees or the project staff of the related SNSF project (submission possible all year round).

    Budget
    The SNSF reimburses at the most the actual costs and fees incurred in connection with BCPCs.
    The awarded grants are generally paid directly to the publishers via the OA platform of the SNSF.

    Transition
    Coverage of BCPCs may not yet be requested before 1 October 2018.

  • 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 costs for publication of articles in pure open access journals.

     

    1. Costs for publication of open access articles not related to an SNSF project

    USI pays for the publication of articles in pure open access journals when these are not related to an SNSF project and fulfil the following criterion:

    • The journal is listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals (https://doaj.org/

    Other journals may be considered on a case by case basis according to following criteria:

    • Articles assessment with a peer review process;
    • High scientific quality of the review- and editorial board;
    • Transparency of the information;
    • Quality score of the journal in the Quality Open Access Market (https://www.qoam.eu/) and affiliation of the publisher to the international community of Open Access publishers (https://oaspa.org/);
    • Presence in catalogues of recognised open access journals set up by Swiss high-level institutions (e.g. ETHZ, EPFL, UZH).

    Requests for publications on journals that are not listed on DOAJ are evaluated by the University library and the Research Service. In doubtful cases, the USI Research Commission will be consulted. 

    2. Other mandatory costs covered by USI

    USI pays for the following other mandatory costs related to the publication of articles in pure open access journals that are not covered by the SNSF:

    • Submission fees to open access journals;
    • Mandatory additional fees for high number of pages.

    USI does not cover printing costs, optional costs for colour printing and extra costs for open access publications in closed access journals (hybrid approach).

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

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Aggiornato al: 05/06/2018