Since January 2016, EPFL authors publishing a paper, a book, a book chapter or a proceedings in Gold Open Access may benefit from a financial support. This funding from the EPFL Library can be achieved by means of either a partial reimbursement of the Gold OA publication fees or special conditions negotiated with some publishers or journals.
Open Access fund
The request for refund can be made by email at [email protected]
Reimbursement of 2/3 of the APC (or BPC, or conference registration fees), with a maximum of CHF 2,500 per publication.
- On a first come, first served basis (based on the acceptance date of the publication) until the fund has been used up;
- Pure Gold OA publications immediately available online without restrictions at the time of publication or conference;
- Formal proceedings in a reputable peer-reviewed research venue;
- Publications or journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) or members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) or the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE);
- No co-financing for hybrid publications;
- Reimbursements limited to 2 publications per lab annually;
- Funds specifically dedicated for Gold OA fees (grants, contracts, etc.) must be used first;
- APCs of publications published in December can be reimbursed until the end of January of the next year;
Specific agreements with publishers
■ Full APC funding
Free publication in Open Access in the following titles: Annual Review of Cancer Biology, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, Annual Review of Political Science, and Annual Review of Public Health.
Publication fees in Cogitatio journals fully covered by the Library
Free publication under Gold OA in all ECS journals.
EPFL affiliated authors can now publish in Open Access at no cost in more than 2,000 hybrid and fully Gold OA journals (see the titles’ list. Cell Press titles, the Lancet and some selected society journals are not included in the agreement). The agreement is valid for articles submitted after January 1, 2020.
For the authors, a workflow has been put in place by the publisher: once the publication is accepted, the corresponding author is notified that this can be published in Gold OA in the frame of the Read and Publish Agreement. The corresponding author has to specify his/her affiliation and research funding and has to choose a creative commons license for the dissemination of the article (CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND). The EPFL Library validates the eligibility of the author.
For the three first years (2020, 2021, and 2022), the number of Gold OA articles taken in charge is restricted at a national level (2850, 3000, and 3150 publications, respectively). If in any year the maximum number of APCs is exceeded, or if the eligibility of the authors has not been validated by EPFL, the OA invoice will be directly sent to authors (in the case of hybrid OA, the decision can be reverted). From 2023, the number of Open Access publications will be unlimited.
APCs of EPFL authors (the corresponding author must be affiliated to EPFL) in PLoS journals are fully and directly covered by the Library.
■ Discounts on APCs
APCs in ACS journals benefit is reduced with $250 for EPFL authors. An additional discount of $500 applies if the author is an ACS member.
Discount of 15% on all Frontiers journals.
25% discount on APCs in MDPI journals.
25% discount on APCs in the Gold OA journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.
10% discount on APCs in the Gold OA journal Science Advances. An additional 4% discount for AAAS members applies.