SNSF OA 2020 Policy


The National Open Access Strategy approved in spring 2017 represents an important step in establishing Open Access in Switzerland. It aims to ensure that all publications financed with public money are openly accessible by 2024.

The SNSF has decided to implement Open Access for all SNSF-funded publications already as of 2020. To facilitate the implementation of this policy, SNSF is realizing a range of measures and issues new regulations that will enter into force on 1 April 2018.

The most important changes at a glance

Changes to OA policy

  • Gold OA for books as book processing charge (BPC)
  • Gold OA for book chapters as book chapter processing charge (BCPC)
  • Embargo of 12 instead of 24 months for books in green OA

Incentives and support

  • Upper limit for article processing charges (APCs) of CHF 3000 is not applicable for the time being
  • New platform for processing OA grants separately from ongoing projects

Compliance and controlling

  • Systematic monitoring of OA compliance
  • Automated feedback on OA compliance to grant holders
  • No more exceptions from the OA commitment for articles


  • Active communication of the OA policy to researchers, in mySNF and on the SNSF website
  • Personal letter to grant holders
  • Further communication measures as of 2018

The changes in detail

If your need any additional information and help to fulfill your Open Access mandate please contact our Open Science FBM responsible   ( )

Published: 18.12.2017