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Financing Open Access at the ZHAW

The ZHAW supports its researchers with funding for Open Access publishing. The University Library holds a publication fund and Read&Publish agreements, that enable free or cheaper publication in open access repositories.

Support and eligibility conditions

The gold road for OA publishing refers to the initial publication of scientific works as articles, books or book contributions in genuine OA publications. While publication fees are sometimes required for these publications, there are a number of renowned academic journals that do not charge fees.

In instances in which the publication costs cannot be covered by third-party funding, the University Library offers financial support to ZHAW researchers in achieving gold OA publishing through a publication fund, if publication costs cannot be covered by third-party funding. In order to receive financial support for publishing, the submitted publication must comply with the ZHAW guidelines “ZHAW guidelines on the funding of OA publications” (in German).

The optional release of content in closed-access journals (so-called hybrid open access) is possible free of charge within the framework of existing Read&Publish agreements.

If the above options do not meet your needs, consider a free secondary publication in the ZHAW digitalcollection (Green Open Access).

Open Access publication fund

Where the costs cannot be covered by third-party funds, ZHAW publishers can apply to have any article (APC) and book processing charges (BPC) covered by the University Library's OA publication fund.

Authors are asked to complete the application form for the OA publication fund (in German) (using their ZHAW login) before submitting to the publisher. You will receive a decision in a timely manner as to whether the publication fees can be covered by the fund. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. The date of receipt is the primary consideration should the fund be exhausted ahead of schedule.

Always include your ZHAW e-mail address and the ZHAW as your affiliation when submitting publications for which you wish to receive funding. Ideally, you will be within range of the ZHAW IP during the submission process, as this will allow many publishers (including BioMed Central, Frontiers, PLoS, MDPI, SAGE or SpringerOpen) to assign your submission to automated workflows for invoice processing.

Read&Publish

These types of contracts combine electronic access to all of a publisher's journals with the possibility open access publishing at no additional cost. To this end, swissuniversities negotiated quotas within the framework of the national OA strategy (in German). Publication fees are paid in full by the University Library if the central budget provided for this purpose is not yet exhausted.

Cambridge University Press

ZHAW staff and students do not pay OA fees for most Cambridge University Press journals. This regulations applies to all publications accepted from January 2021 onwards for which ZHAW staff and students are corresponding authors and which correspond to certain article types.
Please include your ZHAW e-mail address and ZHAW as your affiliation when submitting your manuscript. As soon as your article is accepted by a journal, you will receive an e-mail with a link. This link will allow you to complete the process by selecting various publication options. To benefit from free OA publication, select the following options:

Elsevier

ZHAW staff and students do not pay OA fees for most Elsevier journals, although Cell Press, Lancet, and Society Journals are excludes from the agreement. This regulation applies to all publications submitted from January 2020 onwards which certain article types (PDF 117,6 KB) (in German) and for which ZHAW staff or students are the corresponding authors.

Please include your ZHAW email address and ZHAW as your affiliation when submitting your manuscript. As soon as your article is accepted by an Elsevier journal, you will receive an email with a link. This link will allow you to complete the process by selecting various options for publication (PDF 577,5 KB). To benefit from free OA publication, select the following options:

SAGE

ZHAW staff and students do not pay OA fees for most SAGE journals. This regulation applies to all publications accepted between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022 for which ZHAW staff and students are corresponding authors and which are of the "Article" type (commercially sponsored articles, invited articles, book reviews, and other content are excluded).

Please include your ZHAW email address and ZHAW as your affiliation when submitting your manuscript. As soon as your article is accepted by a journal, you will receive an e-mail with a link. This  link will allow you to complete the process by choosing various options for publication (PDF 1,8 MB). To benefit from a free OA publication, select the following options:

Note: As part of the contract, a 20% discount on publication fees has been agreed for articles in pure open access journals. You will not find these in the list above. If you are planning a corresponding publication and require full cost coverage, be sure to apply for this prior to submission (see publication fund).

Springer Nature

ZHAW staff and students do not pay OA fees for most Springer Nature journals. This regulation applies to all publications accepted from July 2020 onwards which are certain article types and for which ZHAW staff or students are corresponding authors.

Please include your ZHAW email address and ZHAW as your affiliation when submitting your manuscript. As soon as your article is accepted by a Springer journal, you will receive an email with a link. This link will allow you to complete the process by selecting various options for publication (PDF 1,4 MB). To benefit from a free OA publication, select the following options:

Taylor & Francis

ZHAW staff and students do not pay OA fees for most Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals. This regulation applies to all publications accepted from January 2021 onwards for which ZHAW staff or students are corresponding authors and which correspond to certain article types (PDF 34,1 KB).

Please include your ZHAW email address and the ZHAW as your affiliation when submitting your manuscript. As soon as your article is accepted by a journal, you will receive an e-mail. This e-mail will allow you to complete the process by selecting various publication options. To benefit from free OA publication, select the following options:

Wiley

ZHAW staff and students do not pay OA fees for most Wiley journals. This regulation applies to all publications accepted from May 2021 onwards for which ZHAW staff or students are corresponding authors and which correspond to certain article types (XLS 21,8 KB).

Please include your ZHAW email address and ZHAW as your affiliation when submitting your manuscript. Once your article is accepted by a Wiley journal, you will receive an email with a link. Through this, you will complete the process by choosing different options for publication. To benefit from free OA publication, select the following options:

  • Choose Your Affiliation: Zurcher Hochschule fur Angewandte Wissenschaften
  • Do you want to make your article open access: «Yes, make my article open access»

Discounts

ZHAW staff and students receive discounts on the article processing charges (APCs) for publications in journals from the following publishers.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Apart from being able to publish free of charge in the OA journal ACS Central Science, ZHAW researchers benefit from discounted publication fees for Open Access. These discounted fees apply because the ZHAW holds a conventional licence for journals published by the American Chemical Society. The “Subscribing Institution Pricing” discount applies to all ACS AuthorChoice variants (hybrid OA publishing). 

In order to publish an article via hybrid Open Access, select the option “Apply Discount” when submitting the manuscript. Then enter “Zurich University of Applied Sciences” in the “Affiliation Discount” box.

Scientific.net

ZHAW researchers benefit from reduced publication costs for optional Open Access. The discount is 50% of the normal publication costs.

To publish a paper via hybrid open access, fill out the appropriate order form and send it to the publisher. Make sure to use the ZHAW as affiliation and your ZHAW email as contact information. For author collectives, the corresponding author must be employed at the ZHAW.