Open Access

Publish in Open Access

Publish in Open Access is synonym to make its publication freely accessible to everyone as defined by Peter Suber (Open Access, 2012. MIT Press): “Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online,free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.”

In February 2019, EPFL has adopted an Open Access Policy that clearly expresses the institutional position on Open Access to scientific publications. An amendment to the publication agreement and an email template are also available for EPFL authors as negotiation tools with publishers.

A repository can be institutional or thematic. At EPFL, the institutional repository is Infoscience. Numerous disciplinary repositories exist according to disciplines. Deposit its publication in a repository ensures a maximal visibility to its research outputs.

The deposit of a manuscript can be made before submission (preprint) or at the moment of the publication. After an embargo period from 6 months to 2 years set up by publishers, it is possible to archive the version post-revision of the manuscript (postprint) and sometimes the final version (PDF publisher). The conditions of Green Open Access deposit vary from publisher to publisher.

An Open Access journal or book offers all of its content open to everyone. The DOAJ and DOAB websites indexe scientific quality Open Access publications.

To finance the publication in Gold Open Access, the author has to pay fees (APC – Article Publishing Charge ou BPC – Book Publishing Charge). In this case, a financial support is offered by the Library.

Predatory publishers contact researchers (fishing by e-mail and phone) to offer them to publish in their journals. Their insistence encourages the utmost caution. These publishers are motivated by the gain. In case of doubt, the Library can help you to check the quality of a publisher or a journal.

A hybrid journal is a subscription-based journal that offers an Open Access option making some of the articles freely accessible.

After acceptance of the manuscript, the publisher gives the option to the author to publish the article in Open Access, against the payment of an APC (Article Publishing Charge).

In the case of a publication in a hybrid journal, the EPFL Library does not offer a refund: since the Library already finances subscription costs for closed-access journals, the payment of APCs would represent a double dipping.


Most of the funders require their grantees to publish the research outputs in Open Access. Usually, the Green OA and Gold OA options are possible to meet this requirement. Contact [email protected] for further information.

STM: Scientific, Technical, and Medical / HSS: Humanities and Social Sciences.


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