University Basel Open Access Publication Fund

Open Access Gold

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Gold Open Access Publication Fund 2020-2022

The University of Basel supports Open Access publications. For Open Access publications for which the Article Processing Charge (APC) cannot be covered by third-party funding, the University will provide a complementary fund from January 2020 onwards. All members of the University of Basel can apply for funding.

If you are financed by third-party funding: All major research funders support Gold Open Access publications. For information on their funding possibilities see:
Swiss National Science Foundation
Horizon 2020


Requirements for funding

A. The publication’s first author or corresponding author is a member of the University of Basel (unibas e-mail address).
B. The publication is a journal article or a book contribution.
C. The Book or journal in which the article will be published, is fully Open Access.
D. The venue of publication is peer-reviewed or fulfils equivalent quality criteria established in the field of research.
E. There is no third-party funding that also covers costs for open access publications.

A maximum grant of CHF 2'500 at maximum a grant of CHF 2'500 per publication is possible. A partial financing of higher publication fees can be granted (not in addition to third-party funding).

In addition: The University Library's agreements with selected publishers entitle the user to discounts on publication fees (Article Processing Charges). Open Access or Open Access Hybrid publications books are excluded from funding.


How to request funds

Please use the application form and send the signed application together with the unpaid invoice (reimbursement is not possible) (Subject: Application OA Publication Fund). You will receive prompt notification as to whether or not publication fees can be covered by the fund.

Please send us your invoices in good time, as at least two weeks must be allowed for the processing of the invoice. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. The date of receipt is used as the determining factor for consideration, should the fund be exhausted prematurely.

The University of Basel prefers paying the costs directly to the publisher. Since January 1, 2021, it is now also possible to refund APCs that have already been paid. However, the invoice must be less than two months old, and must have been paid by an institutional cost centre. Refunds to private accounts are unfortunately not possible. The publisher’s invoice and proof of payment (for internal university cost centres) or an invoice (for non-university cost centres) should be sent with the application.

If you have any questions about the Publication Fund, please contact

It is open!