University Basel Open Access Publication Fund

Open Access Gold

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Gold Open Access Publication Fund, extended until 2024

University of Basel has made a complimentary fund available for Open Access publications, for which the Article Processing Charge (APC) or Book Chapter Processing Charge is not covered by third-party funding.

Please note: The awards are available to the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Philosophy and History, the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Psychology.

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
Horizon Europe


Requirements for funding

A. Main authors or corresponding authors belong to the University of Basel and one of the following faculties (unibas email address): Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Psychology.

B. The publication is a journal article or a book contribution.

C. The contribution appears in a purely Gold Open Access publication.

D. The journal has a peer-review process or fulfils equivalent evaluation criteria as established for that subject.

E. There is no third-party funding that also cover the costs for Open Access publications.

F. Funding is limited to a maximum of two contributions per person per calendar year.

Funding of up to CHF 2'500 is possible.

Hybrid Open Access publications and entire Open Access books are not funded.


How to request funds

Please inform yourself in time about the financing possibility for your contribution

Please fill in the form.

Send the signed application together with the unpaid invoice (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. It is 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!