Empa Open Access Publication Fund

Empa supports publications in Open Access journals of Empa scientists by covering the article processing charges (APCs). The fund is managed by Lib4RI.

Funding conditions

The complete article processing charges are paid from the Empa Open Access Publication Fund via the library Lib4RI if the following funding conditions are met:

  • The submitting/corresponding author must have a demonstrable relationship with Empa and the affiliation with Empa must be stated in the article.
  • The article must have been accepted for publication in a journal whose entire content is accessible free of charge via the internet immediately after publication (“pure open access journal”). The journal applies quality assurance methods (peer review) acknowledged in the specific subject area. Journals should be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • The article is published under a Creative Commons licence (preferably CC-BY ).
  • Articles will be considered only if there is no other source of funding available. We expect researchers to request funding for open access publication from their funding agency if they can do so.
  • The article processing charges for publications may not exceed CHF 3,000 per article (incl. tax). Partial reimbursement is not possible.
  • Financing your publication is only possible if the invoice still has to be paid, there will be no retrospective payments.

Funding does not cover

  • Articles made freely accessible for an extra author charge parallel to being published in a subscription-based journal (so called “hybrid journals”).
  • Additional costs for rapid peer review, illustration and colour fees, overlength or the like will not be accepted.

Application process

Please follow the process outlined below to keep the administrative effort for you and us as low as possible:

  • Please first refer to the funding conditions to check whether your publication is eligible for funding from Empa’s Open Access Publication Fund. Do not hesitate to contact the Lib4RI Publication Services team ( openaccess@lib4ri.ch ) should you have any further questions.
  • Ask the publisher to issue the invoice for your article processing charges to the following invoice recipient:

Zentraler Rechnungseingang
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf


VAT ID (Eawag): CHE-116.133.529

  • Apply for funding by sending us ( openaccess@lib4ri.ch ):
    1) the invoice or the e-mail with the link to the invoice
    2) a PDF of the final accepted article (this allows us to collect the bibliographic metadata for our internal documentation)
    3) include the title of the journal, the publisher and the DOI (if available)
  • We will get back to you as soon as possible regarding the formal eligibility of your application. We will settle your invoice with the publishing company. Do not pay the invoice.

TEL.   openaccess@lib4ri.ch 

Dr. Lothar Nunnenmacher

t +41 58 765 5221

Dr. Jochen Bihn

t +41 58 765 5228

Sarah Last

t +41 58 765 6467