ETH Library provides researchers from ETH Zurich with the possibility to publish open access either free of charge or at a reduced price.

This video briefly explains the general procedure.

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Good to know

  • Eligibility criteria for the funding of Open Access articles

  • The publication model is important for Article Processing Charge (APC) funding (see FAQs): 
    • Gold journal: Primary publication of academic articles via an open-access publisher or in a pure Open Access journal of a conventional publisher (cf. DOAJ). The APC is funded either by the ETH Library or, in the case of SNSF-funded projects, by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). For SNSF-funded articles in gold journals, please consult SNSF-funded articles: APC funding process
    • Hybrid journal: Hybrid journals are subscription journals that allow authors to make individual articles freely accessible by paying an APC. Articles in hybrid journals are only financially supported by the ETH Library if there is an agreement with the publisher.
  • The ETH Library has agreements with various publishers to cover costs and supports non-APC-based journals in which researchers can publish free of charge.

Full Article Processing Charge funding for publishers with an agreement

Please check the list below to see whether the ETH Library has an agreement with the publisher with whom you publish to cover the costs. The procedure for these publishers is described in the respective accordion elements below, please click on the elements to open them. As a rule, you as an author will not receive an invoice from these publishers, but the ETH Library will automatically finance the open access fees. Please note the funding criteria. 

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

JournalsETH members publish free of charge in all listed hybrid and gold open access journals of ACS.  
Article typesAll peer reviewed articles 
Article quota

Limited annually as part of a consortium agreement.

ETH Library will cover the fees for additional articles as far as the budget allows. Once the budget is exhausted, the article costs will be charged to the authors at a discounted publication fee ($3,000). We will provide information in a news release as soon as this time is foreseeable.

Workflow

When submitting via ACS Paragon Plus as a corresponding author, select your institution from a dropdown box and use your institutional email address. Open access articles are published unter a CC BY 4.0 license. 

Detailed information on the workflow is avalable here: Workflow (download slides) and on the ACS website.

SNSF funded articles
  • Gold journals: Articles with SNSF grant are forwarded directly to ChronosHub for payment.
  • Hybrid journals: Articles with SNSF grant are automatically excluded from the open access workflow. Authors will be charged at a discounted publication fee ($3,000); these APCs are not eligible for funding neither by SNSF nor ETH Library.
Publication model

Hybrid (via publisher's workflow) and gold (via application form)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all AIP hybrid journals.

Article typesBrief Communication, Communication, Conference Article, Fast Track or Article-FT, Letter, Note, Perspective, Article, Research Update, Review, Roadmap, Tutorial. 
Article quotaAnnually limited, quota never exhausted to date.
Workflow
  • Hybrid journals: Detailled information is available at: Workflow (download slides) 
  • Gold journals without SNSF funding: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it then to ETH Library via the application form.

SNSF funded articles

Gold journals: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it  to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all 33 ASME hybrid journals and the gold open access title "ASME Open Journal of Engineering".

Article typesn.a.
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information you will find here: Workflow (download slides)

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals
  • ETH members publish free of charge in all CUP in all listed hybrid and gold journals of CUP.
  • Exception: Articles in gold journals of the two series Research Directions and Prisms are not included in the agreement, but ETH members receive a discount of 10% (=generate an APC invoice to your own ETH address and submit it to the ETH Library via application form) or for SNSF funding, see below.
Article typesResearch Article, Review Article, Rapid Communication, Brief Report and Case Report
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information you will find here: Author Journey (download file) and on the website of Cambridge University Press.

SNSF funded articles

Gold journals of the two series Research Directions and Prisms: Request a discounted APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Hybrid (via publisher's workflow) and gold (via application form)

Journals
  • ETH members publish free of charge in all 19 hybrid journals of CSP.
  • ETH members receive a 15% discount on the APC in CSP gold journals.
Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow
  • Hybrid journals: Detailed information available on the CSP website.
  • Gold journals without SNSF funding: Request a discounted APC invoice to your ETH address and submit to ETH Library via application form.

SNSF funded articles

Gold journals: Request a discounted APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Hybrid (via publisher's workflow) and gold (via application form)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all five hybrid and gold journals of CoB.

Article typesResearch Article, Research Report, Techniques and Resources Article, Techniques and Resources Report, Short Report, Tools and Resources, Methods & Techniques, Short Communication
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow
  • Hybrid journals: Detailed information is available on the CoB website.
  • Gold journals without SNSF funding: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to ETH Library via application form

SNSF funded articles

Gold journals: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Gold (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all journals of Copernicus when using the LaTex- and MS Word templates provided by the publisher (mandatory); correpsondidng authors are charged with additional costs when they submit without this templates.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

When submitting your manuscript, please select ETH Zurich from the drop-down menu in the "Manuscript Registration" section.

Detailed information available on the website of Copernicus.

SNSF funded articles

Articles with SNSF grant are forwarded directly to ChronosHub for payment.

Publication model

Gold (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all journals of Cogitatio.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Identify yourself as an ETH member when submitting a manuscript.

No-deal status as of January 1, 2024

The following conditions apply to articles submitted to Elsevier by December 31, 2023 at the latest. No agreement has yet been reached with Elsevier for the contract period from 2024. However, possible restrictions resulting from a no-deal status from January 1, 2024 will only become effective for articles that you submit in 2024. If no agreement can be reached, we will provide information on alternative options here by the beginning of March at the latest.

Publication model
  • Elsevier: Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)
  • Cell Press, Lancet and Society Journals: Gold (via application form)
Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all journals covered by the national agreement (journal titles) and in gold journals of Elsevier.

Article types

Case Report, Data, Full-Length Article, Microarticle, Original Software Publication, Practice Guidelines, Protocol, Review Article, Replication Studies, Short Communication, Short Survey, Video Article​

Article quota

Annually limited, quota never exhausted to date.

Workflow
  • Hybrid and gold journals within agreement: 
    • Corresponding authors choose ETH Zurich as their affiliation and and opt for Gold Open Access.
    • Detailed information available at: Workflow (downlaod file) and on the Elsevier website.
  • Gold journals not included in the agreement published by Cell Press and Lancet (incl. society journals) for articles without SNSF funding: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to ETH Library via application form.

SNSF funded articles

Gold journals not included in the  agreement published by Cell Press and Lancet (incl. society journals) with SNSF funding: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Phishing attempt with fake Frontiers invoices

There are currently regular attempts to defraud you with fake APC invoices that appear to come from the publisher Frontiers. The fake invoices can be recognized by the following features: 

  • It is an invoice or payment reminder for an article you have recently published with Frontiers
  • The invoice contains a request for payment to the account of a private individual

If you receive such an invoice, do not pay it under any circumstances, but block the sender and forward the mail as an attachement to phishing@ethz.ch
If you are not sure whether you have received a legitimate or a fake invoice, please contact e-publishing@library.ethz.ch by email.

Publication model

Gold (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all journals of Frontiers including Frontiers Partnership Journals (except Aerospace Research Communications)

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Select ETH Zurich in the Choose Payer section.

Detailed information available on the Frontier website: Author Guidelines.

SNSF funded articles

Request an APC invoice to your ETH address (Choose Payer = Individual Payer) and submit to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Exception for Special Issues: Articles that appear in so-called "Research Topics" will no longer be funded by the SNSF from 1 February 2024 (submission date). These articles can be invoiced to the ETH Library (see Workflow).

Publication model

Gold (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all gold journals of IEEE.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information available at: Workflow (download slides)

SNSF funded articles

Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in hybrid and gold journals of IOP contained in this journal title list. Not included are journals published by the Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

Article typesPrimary Research Article, Research Paper, Special Issue Article, Letter and Review Article
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information available at: Workflow and on the IOP website.

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all journals of Karger.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Identify yourself as an ETH member when submitting a manuscript.
Detailed information available at: Workflow (download slides)

Publication model

Gold (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all journals of MDPI.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Select ETH Zurich from the Institutional Membership dropdown box while submitting your paper at "Susy" (MDPI submission system) and do not change the setup Central: Invoiced to institution.

Detailed information on the MDPI website.

SNSF funded articles

Request an APC invoice to your ETH address (select Non-Central) and submit to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Exception for Special Issues: Articles that appear in special issues will no longer be funded by the SNSF from 1 February 2024 (submission date). These articles can be invoiced to the ETH Library (see Workflow).

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all journals of the Microbiology Society.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Use your ETH email when submitting your manuscript.

Detailed information available on the Microbiology Society website.

Publication model

Gold (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all gold journals of Optica.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Enter ETH Zurich as your Primary Affiliation and your ETH email as your contact address when submitting your manuscript on Prism Submission System.

SNSF funded articles

Gold journals: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Hybrid (via publisher's workflow) and gold (via application form)

Journals
  • ETH members publish free of charge in all hybrid journals of OUP.
  • ETH members receive a 10% discount on the APC in OUP gold journals.
Article typesAll article types
Article quota

Annually limited, quota never exhausted to date.

Workflow
  • Hybrid journals: Detailed information available on the OUP website
  • Gold journals without SNSF funding: Request a discounted APC invoice to your ETH address and submit to ETH Library via application form.
SNSF funded articles

Gold journals: Request a discounted APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all hybrid and gold journals of Portland Press: Biochemical journal, Biochemical Society transactions, Bioscience Reports, Clinical Science, Emerging Topics in Life Sciences, Essays in Biochemistry, Neuronal Signalling

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information available at: Workflow and on the Portland Press website.

Publication model

Gold (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all journals of PLOS (Public Library of Science).

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

When submitting your manuscript opt for My institution will fully or partially pay the fee as a member of the PLOS Institutional Account Pogram in the dropdown box called "Publication Fees" (in section "Additional Information").

Detailed information available on the PLOS website

SNSF funded articles

Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Hybrid (via publisher's workflow) and gold (via application form)

Journals
  • ETH members publish free of charge in all hybrid journals of RSC.
  • ETH members receive a 15% discount on the APC in RSC gold journals.
Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow
  • Hybrid journals
    • Use your ETH email when submitting your manuscript to ensure RSC recognizes you as an ETH member, otherwise no open access option is displayed.
    • Detailed information available at: Workflow (download PDF).
  • Gold journals: for articles without SNSF funding request a discounted APC invoice to your ETH address and submit to ETH Library 
  • via application form
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SNSF funded articles

Gold journals: Request a discounted APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in SAGE hybrid and gold journals represented in this journal title list.

Article typesOriginal Research Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication, Short Report, Case Report and others
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

SAGE recognizes authors as an ETH member based on the ETH email domain and the Ringgold ID, so please use your ETH email when submitting your manuscript.

Detailed information available at: Workflow (download PDF).

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all hybrid journals of Nature covered by the national agreement (journal title list) and in Nature branded gold journals (e.g. Scientific Reports, Nature Communications, Communications Journals).

Nature Reviews/Protocols and Scientific American offers no open access option.

Article typesOriginal Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication and Continuing Education
Article quota
  • Gold: Unlimited
  • Hybrid: Annually limited, determined according to the national agreement. ETH Library will cover the fees for additional articles as far as the budget allows. Once the budget is exhausted, the article costs will be charged to the corresponding authors. We will provide information in a news release as soon as this time is foreseeable.
Workflow

Once your article is accepted for publication by a Nature journal, you receive an email with a link to the form MyPublications, please select ETH Zurich as your affiliation.

Detailed information available at: Workflow.

SNSF funded articles

Gold journals: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in all hybrid journals of Springer covered by the national and an ETH agreement (journal title list). Additionally, ETH members are not charged for APCs for articles published within the Springer Open/BMC program.

Article types

Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication and Continuing Education

Article quota
  • Gold: Unlimited
  • Hybrid: Annually limited, quota never exhausted to date.
Workflow

Once your article is accepted for publication by a Springer journal, you receive an email with a link to the form MyPublications, please select ETH Zurich as your affiliation.

Detailed information available at: Workflow.

SNSF funded articles

Gold journals: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

Publication model

Gold and hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Journals

ETH members publish free of charge in Taylor & Francis hybrid and gold journals represented in this journal title list. The agreement also includes the portfolios of Dove Presse and Faculty of 1000.

Article types

All types of research articles (RA): Article Commentary, Brief Report, Case Report, Data Note, Discussion, Dissertation, Essay, Legal Case, Method, Note, Pictorial Work, Rapid Communication, Registered Report, Reply, Report, Research Article, Research Letter, Review Article, Target Article

Article quotaAnnually limited, quota never exhausted to date.
Workflow

Corrersponding authors are recognized as ETH members when submitting (gold journals) or once the paper is accepted for publication (open select journals); identification is based on ETH email domain combined with selecting ETH Zurich as affiliation in a dropdown box.

Detailed information available at: Workflow (download slides) an on Taylor & Francis website.

Publication model

Hybrid (via publisher's workflow)

Costs

ETH members publish free of charge in all journals of Trans Tech.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Identify yourself as an ETH member when submitting a manuscript and select the open access option.

Further information on the Trans Tech Submission website.

Publication model

Hybrid und Gold (via publisher's workflow) 

Journals

  • ETH members publish free of charge in hybrid journals of Wiley covered by the national agreement and represented in this journal title list.
  • ETH members publish free of charge in gold journals of Wiley covered by an ETH agreement and represented in this journal title list.
Article types
  • Gold journals: All article types
  • Hybrid journals: Primary Research and Review Articles (including: Original Article, Case Study, Review, Short Communication), except: Letters and Editorials
Article quota
  • Gold: Unlimited
  • Hybrid: Annually limited, determined according to the national agreement. ETH Library will cover the fees for additional articles as far as the budget allows. Once the budget is exhausted, the article costs will be charged to the corresponding authors. We will provide information in a news release as soon as this time is foreseeable.
Workflow

When submitting a manuscript, first select "Switzerland" in the section Open Access (Wiley Open Access Account Codes) and then ETH Zurich as affiliation in the dropdown box. Note: Only responsible corresponding authors are eligible for APC funding via agreements.

Detailed information available at: Workflow.

SNSF funded articles

Gold journals: Request an APC invoice to your ETH address and submit it to SNSF (ChronosHub); detailed information see here

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Discounts on Article Processing Charges

The following journals and publishers offer discounted open-access conditions for members of ETH Zurich. Please bear in mind that you might need to explicitly indicate your entitlement to a reduction of the publication fee for these journals when submitting.

Click on a publisher to open the accordion and make the information visible.

ETH members receive a 10 % discount on the regular APC of USD 500.

Further information you can find here: Open-access arrangements for Acta Crystallographica Section E

ETH members receive a 90 % discount on Open access fees in all de Gruyter Journals, that are licensed by ETH Library.

ETH members receive a 20% discount on Open Access fees in all Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) journals.

ETH members pay USD 4995 instead of USD 5495 for the "Immediate Open Access Option".

More information you can find here: PNAS Publication Charges

ETH members receive  a discount of 15 % on the regular APC. To redeem the discount, please enter ETH Zurich in the "Affiliation Discount" section of the "Apply Discounts" window by selecting the institution from the drop-down menu in the "Affiliation Discount" section.

If there is no other Open Access funding available (e.g. SNSF, you can request ETH-Bibliothek via the form Application for Open Access Publication Costs to finance the reduced APC.

More information you can find here: Science Advances Article processing charges

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Full Article Processing Charge funding for publishers without an agreement

Fees for open-access articles in pure open-access journals (Gold Open Access) that are not covered by any agreement can be financed by the ETH Library. Please fill out this application form:

In this case, you must send us the publisher's invoice. The funding criteria apply here as well.

ETH Library does not fund fees for open access articles in subscription journals (so-called hybrid journals) unless they are part of one of the agreements mentioned below.

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Support for non-APC-based journals (Diamond Open Access)

Neither authors nor readers are charged for Diamond Open Access journals. These journals are partly financed by consortia or similar business models such as "Subscribe to Open", in which libraries participate financially. The ETH Library supports the following Diamond Open Access publishers and journals.

Publication model

Gold (Diamond)

Costs

ETH Library supports the journal "Aerosol Research", published by Copernicus, as part of a consortium financing model. During the current three-year development phase of the journal (2023-2025) we are contributing financial support to this non-APC-based business model.

Article typesAll article types
Article quota

Unlimited

Workflow

Authors do not pay publication fees in this journal.

Publication model

Gold (Subscribe to Open)

Costs

Due to the financial participation of ETH Library in Annual Reviews' "Subscribe to Open" (S20) model, members of ETH Zurich do not pay publication fees  in journal with this publishing model

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information is available here: Workflow

Publication model

Gold (Subscribe to Open)

Costs

Due to the financial participation of ETH Library in EDP Science's "Subscribe to Open" (S20) model , members of ETH Zurich do not pay publication fees in journals with this model.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information is available at: Instructions for Authors

Publication model

Gold (Subscribe to Open)

Costs

Due to the financial participation of ETH Library in EMS Press' "Subscribe to Open" (S20) model , members of ETH Zurich do not pay publication fees  in any of the  23 Journals of the publisher.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information is available at: Information for Authors

Publication model

Gold (Subscribe to Open)

Costs

Thanks to the ETH Library's financial participation in IWA Publishing's "Subscribe to Open" model (S2O), members of ETH Zurich do not pay publication fees for any of the publisher's journals.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information is available at: Instructions for Authors

Publication model

Gold (Diamond)

Costs

The ETH Library supports the KOALA initiative (acronym for "Establishing Consortial Open Access Solutions") by participating in the "KOALA Mathematics and Computer Science 2024-2026" journal bundle. Participation in this funding consortium enables the publication of the six journals supported in the bundle (German) in open access for the next three years without any fees for the authors.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Publication model

Gold (Subscribe to Open)

Costs

The ETH Library participates in MSP "Subscribe to Open" model (S2O) through which currently five journals are published fully open access.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Authors do not pay publication fees in any journal of this publisher


Publication model

Gold (Diamond)

Costs

The publisher Open Library of Humanities  covers its costs through payments of an international library consortium, in which ETH Library is participating.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Authors do not pay publication fees in any journal of this publisher

Publication model

Gold (Diamond)

Costs

Members of ETH Zurich do not pay publication fees in ten high-energy physics open access journals. The ETH Library financially supports the  SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) as part of the Swiss University Libraries Consortium (CSAL).

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information available at: SCOAP3

Publication model

Gold (Diamond)

Costs

ETH members do not pay publication fees in a total of  11 Journals in the fields of astronomy, chemistry, physics and political science. SciPost is an open access publication portal that is financed via a membership model and to which ETH Zurich contributes financially.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Detailed information is available at: SciPost

Submit your manuscript via the pre-print server arXiv ; Peer reviews are published as part of an open peer review process.

Publication model

Gold (Diamond)

Costs

ETH Library supports the journal Sui Generis mit einem membership fee.

Article typesAll article types
Article quotaUnlimited
Workflow

Authors don't pay publication fees in this journal

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Other funding options

The Swiss National Science Foundation and the European Commission offer special funding options for publications that originate from research projects.

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