Types of OA Journals

A hybrid Open Access journal is a subscription journal in which some of the articles are Open Access, typically upon payment of a fee. Some of the articles in these journals are freely available to everyone, while other articles are locked behind a paywall.

In full Open Access journals, all articles are provided in Open Access mode immediately. The publisher may charge a fee (Article Processing Charge – APC). Full Open Access journals (but not hybrid OA journals) are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals .

Open Access Discounts


The publishers and journals below offer a full or partial discount on Open Access publication fees to authors affiliated with Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL. Some of these discounts are obtained through national read and publish agreements, some are negotiated into institutional licenses with the publisher, and some are offered by the publisher in exchange for subscriptions. When publishing in these journals Eawag, Empa, WSL and PSI affiliated authors are entitled to significant discounts or don't have to pay an Open Access fee at all.

What criteria do I have to meet to take advantage of these agreements?

  • You are the corresponding author.
  • The affiliation details in the article and in the publisher’s manuscript submission system must clearly indicate the author's affiliation to Eawag/Empa/PSI/WSL.
  • Use your Eawag/Empa/PSI/WSL e-mail address when submitting articles.

A corresponding author with a “present address” at Eawag/Empa/PSI/WSL is not eligible for free Open Access under these agreements. If a researcher leaves Eawag/Empa/PSI/WSL but publishes with an Eawag/Empa/PSI/WSL affiliation, the author is still eligible for OA under the Read&Publish agreements.

Please note that neither the library nor Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL wish to influence authors’ decisions on where to publish, and the list below is not an endorsement of any particular publisher.

If you are unsure about any of the deals below, please contact the Publication Services team at openaccess@lib4ri.ch.

Full APC Funding

The table below gives a quick overview of agreements with publishers that grant Open Access publishing at no additional costs for (corresponding) authors affiliated with Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL. Click on the publisher/journal name below for more details about the discounts on offer, criteria for eligibility, and information on how to access them.

Publisher

Eligible Journals

ECS

Journal of The Electrochemical Society and the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology

Elsevier

more than 2000 hybrid and full OA journals; see List of eligible Elsevier journals

IWA Publishing

10 full OA journals; see List of eligible IWA journals

Royal Society

all hybrid and full OA journals

SAGE

most hybrid OA journals; see List of eligible SAGE journals

Springer

more than 2000 hybrid OA journals; see List of eligible Springer journals

Taylor & Francis

most hybrid and full OA journals; see List of eligible Taylor & Francis journals

Wiley

all hybrid OA journals; see List of eligible Wiley journals

Electrochemical Society Journals

Hybrid Open Access Journals

Deal:
Authors affiliated with Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL may publish their work as Open Access in the journals of the Electrochemical Society with no further charge (normally 800 USD per article). This applies to the following journals:
Journal of The Electrochemical Society
ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology

Discount: 100%

Author actions:
• When you submit a paper to an ECS journal select to publish your paper as Open Access (in the Author Open Choice section). Indicate that you come from an ECS Plus subscribing institution .
Publishing Open Access Guide from ECS
• Upon acceptance, you will receive an email instructing you to visit CCC RightsLink to claim your OA credit. Follow the supplied link and complete the payment form, being sure to use the “Apply Discounts” button and select your institution so that the APC waiver is properly applied.
• If the corresponding author is not affiliated with Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL, he or she should forward the acceptance letter to the Eawag/Empa/PSI/WSL-affiliated author to claim the article credit.
• Copyright will remain with the author, and the author will need to select a Creative Commons usage license: CC BY (recommended, see this OASPA article) or CC BY–NC–ND.

Background:
Lib4RI pays a slightly increased subscription fee for ECS journal. In exchange, the ECS Plus subscription grants unlimited Open Access article credits for Eawag/Empa/PSI/WSL affiliated authors.
For more information about Open Access at ECS, including details about ECS’s “Free The Science” initiative, see Open Access at ECS.

Elsevier Journals

Pure & Hybrid Open Access Journals

Deal:
Open Access publishing in more than 2000 hybrid and full Open Access journals without extra costs.
• Articles with a corresponding author from Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL (or any Swiss university) are eligible for a full APC discount.
• 75% of all Elsevier journals are included in the deal: List of eligible Elsevier journals (XLS, see tab “Titles included in agr”)
• Applies to all articles submitted between 1.1.2020 and 31.12.2023 and accepted for publication.
• Open Access without further costs is exclusively available for the following article types: Case Report, Data, Full-length article, Microarticle, Original software publication, Practice Guidelines, Protocol, Review article (journals), Replication Studies, Short communication, Short survey, Video Article

Discount: 100%

Quota:
• The number of articles that can be made Open Access under this agreement is restricted at a national level (2020: 2850 articles; 2021: 3000 articles; 2022: 3150 articles).
• If in any year the maximum number of articles is exceeded, the OA invoice will be directly sent to the corresponding author. The decision to publish Open Access can be reverted for publications in hybrid OA journals and the article is published closed access without an additional fee for the authors.
• If the annual quota is exhausted, it will be announced here.

Author actions:
• When the article, in which you are the corresponding author, is accepted, you will get an e-mail from Elsevier asking you to fill in the rights and access form.
• Please select
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology or
EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology or
Paul Scherrer Institute or
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research
as “Corresponding Author's Affiliation” and select the “Gold Open Access” option to publish your article Open Access.
• You can choose between a CC-BY 4.0 license (recommended) and a CC-BY-NC-ND license for your article.
• See the workflow documentation for further explanations.

Background:
This discount is a first result of the ongoing negotiations led by swissuniversities with the three major academic publishers: Springer-Nature, Wiley and Elsevier. A negotiation team commissioned by swissuniversities has been negotiating since January 2019 to find a satisfactory agreement for the Swiss scientific community on the “Read and Publish” principle. The negotiation team negotiates on behalf of all Swiss institutions of higher education, including Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.
More information about the swissuniversities negotiation strategy and goals.
See also our page about Big Deal Negotiations.

IWA Publishing Journals

Pure Open Access Journals

Deal:
• Open Access publishing in 10 IWA journals without the need to pay an Article Processing Charge.
• Eligible journals: AQUA, Journal of Hydroinformatics, Journal of Water & Climate Change, Journal of Water & Health, Journal of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene for Development, Water Policy, Water Practice & Technology, Water Quality Research Journal, Water Science & Technology, Water Supply
• Applies to all new submissions from the 1st of February 2021

Discount: 100%

Author actions:
• The APCs are waived for all papers in these journals. Therefore, there is no need to prove eligibility.
• Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to decide on the type of Open Access license they would like to be published under. We highly recommend to publish under a CC BY 4.0 license.

Background:
• Lib4RI is participating in the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model of IWA publishing. Subscribe To Open (S2O) is a collaborative Open Access model that relies on subscriptions to make content Open Access without the need for author fees. The model converts subscriber-only access to IWA Publishing journals to Open Access using existing library relationships and subscription purchases. Because journal costs are sustained through S2O subscriptions, authors are not required to pay article processing charges in S2O journals. As long as S2O subscription revenues are maintained each year, journals will be published Open Access and up to five years’ historical content will be made freely available.

Royal Society Journals

Pure & Hybrid Open Access Journals

Deal:
• Open Access publishing in all journals of the Royal Society without extra costs for the authors: List of journals
• Articles with a corresponding author from Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL are eligible for a full APC discount.
• Applies to all articles submitted between 21.1.2021 and 21.12.2021 and accepted for publication.
Royal Society Read & Publish Flyer (open in new window)

Discount: 100%

Quota:
• An unlimited number of articles can be made Open Access under this agreement.

Author actions:
• When submitting an article to a journal of Royal Society Publishing, use your offical Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL e-mail address. The publisher will use this information to identify you as an eligible author under the agreement.
• If asked for the name of your institution, choose one of the following name formats:
EAWAG – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
EMPA – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
PSI – Paul Scherrer Institute
WSL – Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research

• If submitting to a pure Open Access journal (i.e. Royal Society Open Science, Open Biology), select Open Access
-> “1. Article processing fees are covered by a special agreement. Please select as appropriate.”
-> “The correponding author is part of a Read & Publish deal”

• If submitting to a hybrid Open Access journal, opt for Open Access publication and select
-> “1. Article processing fees are covered by a special agreement. Please select as appropriate.”
-> “The correponding author is part of a Read & Publish deal”

SAGE hybrid OA journals

Hybrid Open Access Journals

Deal:
• Corresponding authors affiliated with Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL are entitled to publish Open Access for free in all hybrid Open Access journals. Some SAGE journals affiliated with scientific ‘societies’ are excluded from the agreement.
• List of eligible SAGE journals: Eligible SAGE hybrid OA journals
• Article types included: Original Research Papers, Review Papers, Brief Communications, Short Reports, Case Reports. Some commercially sponsored articles, invited articles, book reviews and other content types are excluded.
• Applies to all articles accepted for publication between 1.1.2021 and 31.12.2022 
Open Access agreement Switzerland

Discount:
• 100% (Hybrid Open Access Journals = SAGE Choice)

Quota:
• unlimited number of articles can be made Open Access under this agreement

Duration:
1.1.2021 – 31.12.2022

Author actions:
SAGE will contact all eligible authors informing them about the right to publish Open Access at no cost to the authors and invite them to the 'SAGE Open Access Portal' to take up the offer as soon as their accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department. Through the SAGE Open Access Portal the author agrees to open access publication and digitally signs the Creative Commons license after which their paper will proceed to open access publication.
• SAGE identifies your right to publish Open Access free of charge based on the institutional affiliation and the e-mail address you provide when you submit your manuscript. Thus, it is highly recommended that you use your eawag.ch, empa.ch, psi.ch or wsl.ch e-mail address when you submit a paper.
• In the SAGE Open Access Portal select: Would you like to make your article open access? → Yes, make my article open access
• Log in to the portal with your user ID and password or register if needed. You will then receive the information that your article will be published Open Access and you can log out.
• By default the author will be offered the CC BY NC 4.0 license or the CC BY 4.0 license when mandated by a funding organization.
• Please note all authors should still complete the steps to sign SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement on acceptance as normal. SAGE still requires this agreement for your article to proceed to production at SAGE. Through the SAGE Open Access Portal, you will automatically receive an open access Contributor’s Agreement that will replace the earlier signed agreement.

Background:
• Lib4RI is participating in the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries “read and publish” agreement with SAGE

Springer Journals

Hybrid Open Access Journals

Deal:
• Open Access publishing in more than 2000 hybrid Open Access journals without extra costs for the author(s).
• Articles with a corresponding author from Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL (or any Swiss university) are eligible for a full APC discount.
• All Springer (including some Springer imprints, e.g. Birkhäuser, Adis, Palgrave Macmillan) journals with a “Springer Open Choice” option for hybrid Open Access are included in the deal:
List of eligible Springer journals
• Applies to all articles editorially accepted for publication between 1.7.2020 and 31.12.2022.
• Open Access without further costs is exclusively available for the following article types: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication, Continuing Education.
• Cost coverage is only for Open Access, but not for other charges (e.g. colour charges, offprints etc.).

Discount: 100%

Quota:
• The number of articles that can be made Open Access under this agreement is restricted at a national level (2020: 690 articles; 2021: 1418 articles; 2022: 1430 articles).
• If in any year the maximum number of articles is exceeded, the OA invoice will be directly sent to the corresponding author.
• If the annual quota is exhausted, it will be announced here.

Author actions (for standard workflow journals):
• Once an article is accepted for publication, the author receives an email from Springer with a link to complete the “MyPublication” forms.
• Please select Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL as your affiliation in the form. A green box will appear immediately after you have entered your affiliation informing that you are eligible for publishing Open Access free of charge. Use your institutional e-mail address in the MyPublication-form.
• Agree to Open Access publication under a Creative Commons licence (CC BY 4.0 for most journals; some journals also CC BY-NC 4.0 ). The Open Access fee on the invoice will be set at EUR 0. This concludes the process on your end.
• Some journals use a “non-standard workflow” to order free Open Access under the agreement. These journals are marked in the list of eligible journals with “non-standard”. Contact the journals directly to order free OA under the Swiss agreement for your article.
• See the workflow documentation for further explanations
• More info from Springer: Switzerland Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement

Background:
This discount is a first result of the ongoing negotiations led by swissuniversities with the three major academic publishers: Springer-Nature, Wiley and Elsevier. A negotiation team commissioned by swissuniversities has been negotiating since January 2019 to find a satisfactory agreement for the Swiss scientific community on the “Read and Publish” principle. The negotiation team negotiates on behalf of all Swiss institutions of higher education, including Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.
More information about the swissuniversities negotiation strategy and goals.
See also our page about Big Deal Negotiations.

Taylor & Francis Journals

Pure & Hybrid Open Access Journals

Deal:
• Open Access publishing in more than 2000 hybrid and full Open Access journals without extra costs for the authors.
• Articles with a corresponding author from Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL are eligible for a full APC discount.
• Nearly all Taylor & Francis journals are included in the agreement with only a few excluded journals (see list): List of eligible Taylor & Francis journals
• Applies to all articles accepted for publication between 1.1.2021 and 31.12.2023.
• Open Access articles under the agreement are published under a CC-BY 4.0 license .
• Eligible article types: Review, Research Article, Review Article, Report, Short Communication, Case Report, Note, Original Article and Guest Editorial.

Discount: 100% (hybrid Open Access and full Open Access journals)

Quota:
• The number of articles that can be made Open Access under this agreement is restricted at a national level (2021: 260 articles; 2022: 366 articles; 2023: 450 articles).
Annual quota is exhausted, available again in 2022.

Author actions:
• The corresponding author will be identified as eligible either at submission (in the case of an article in a full Open Access journal) or at acceptance (in the case of an article in a hybrid Open Access journal = “Open Select”).
• Authors are identified by e-mail domain (eawag.ch, empa.ch, psi.ch, wsl.ch, slf.ch) or the author can select his institution from a drop down menu:
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Paul Scherrer Institute
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
• It is therefore essential that you use the e-mail provided by your institution when submitting to a T&F journal.

Background:
• Lib4RI is participating in the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries “read and publish” agreement with Taylor & Francis. 

Wiley Journals

Hybrid Open Access Journals

Deal:
• Open Access publishing in all Wiley hybrid Open Access journals without extra costs for the authors: List of eligible journals
• Articles with a corresponding author from Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL are eligible for a full APC discount.
• Applies to all articles accepted for publication in a hybrid Open Access journal from May 1, 2021 up to and including December 31, 2024.
• Eligible articles types are primary research and review articles, including but not limited to original articles, case studies, reviews, and short communications. Editorial, book reviews and some other article types are not eligible for free Open Access.

Discount: 100%

Quota:
• There is a yearly limit for the maximum number of articles that can be published Open Access under this agreement. If the number of published articles approaches this limit or the maximum number is already reached, we will announce it here.

Author actions:
• Once your article is accepted, register or log in to Wiley Author Services at www.wileyauthors.com
• On Wiley Author Services the corresponding author should review and confirm their affiliation, choose the Open Access option, review and sign a Creative Commons licence.
• Corresponding authors can choose among CC-BY , CC-BY-NC and CC-BY-NC-ND for their article. We strongly recommend to license your article under a CC-BY license.
• For further information on the workflow for corresponding author, see Make your article Open Access with OnlineOpen

Background:
This discount is a result of the negotiations led by swissuniversities with the three major academic publishers: Springer-Nature, Wiley and Elsevier. A negotiation team commissioned by swissuniversities has been negotiating since January 2019 to find a satisfactory agreement for the Swiss scientific community on the “Read and Publish” principle. The negotiation team negotiates on behalf of all Swiss institutions of higher education, including Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.
More information about the swissuniversities negotiation strategy and goals.
See also our page about Big Deal Negotiations.


Discounts on APCs

American Chemical Society Journals

Hybrid Open Access Journals

Deal:
The library subscribes to the “ACS All Publications” package. ACS grants a discount of 250 US$ to authors from subscribing institutions if they wish to publish (hybrid) Open Access in any ACS subscription journal (aka “ACS Author Choice”). The pure Open Access journals of ACS (ACS Central Science and ACS Omega) are excluded from this. The discount applies to all corresponding authors affiliated with Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL.
Please note that an individual ACS membership (costing 175 US$ per year) entitles for an additional discount of 500 US$.

Discount: 250 US$

Author actions:
• After your article is accepted, you will receive an email from ACS with a link to Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink, where the author can pay to make the article openly available if he or she chooses.
• Login to RightsLink and click the “Apply Discounts” button. For the institutional discount select “Lib4RI Library for the Research Institutes within the ETH domain Eawag Empa PSI and WSL”.
ACS defaults to publishing Open Access articles under the “ACS Author Choice” license. Alternatively, and highly recommended, you can choose between a CC BY 4.0 license (for an extra fee of 1000 US$) and a CC-BY-NC-ND license (no extra fee).
• Further information from ACS here.

Background:
ACS offers this discount to all institutional subscribers to the “ACS All Publications” package. The discount is not explicitly included in the subscription agreements and therefore might be removed by ACS any time. The library does not pay for this discount.

MDPI Journals

Pure Open Access Journals

Deal:
As a participant in the Institutional Open Access Program, corresponding authors affiliated to Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL are entitled to a 15% discount for articles submitted in 2020 on the standard APC cost for all MDPI journals.

Discount: 15% (2020)

Author Action:
• use your institutional email address when submitting a paper to MDPI (i.e. eawag.ch, empa.ch, psi.ch or wsl.ch).
• authors are prompted in the last step of submission to confirm they are eligible for discounts under the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program. If you are submitting from a work computer with an IP address of Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL “Lib4RI” should be pre-selected as the IOAP institution. If not, choose “Lib4RI” from the IOAP institution dropdown.

Background:
Lib4RI has an agreement with MDPI that grants all corresponding authors from Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL a discount on APCs when publishing in MDPI journals. The library does not pay for this discount.
See also: MDPI Institutional Open Access Program

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS

Hybrid Open Access

Deal:
Lib4RI maintains a subscription to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). As a result, PNAS grants a discount to all corresponding authors affiliated with Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL who wish to pay an article processing charge (APC) to publish their articles Open Access. Note that this discount only applies to articles published under a CC-BY-NC-ND license, not to articles published under a CC-BY license.

Discount: 400 US$

Author actions:
• Together with the article proofs PNAS will send billing forms to the corresponding author.
• If you wish to make your article Open Access, select the Open Access Option in these forms, choose a CC-BY-NC-ND license and indicate the reduced APC due to a site license.
• You have also the option to publish Open Access with a CC-BY license. Please note, however, that the discount only applies to articles published under a CC-BY-NC-ND license.

Background:
PNAS offers this discount to all institutional subscribers. The discount is not explicitly included in the subscription agreements and therefore might be removed/modified by PNAS any time. The library does not pay for this discount.
More information about publishing Open Access with PNAS can be found on PNAS’s Open Access page.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Hybrid Open Access Journals

Deal:
• The Lib4RI maintains a subscription to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s RSC Gold collection. As a result, RSC grants a discount to corresponding authors affiliated with Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL who wish to pay an article processing charge (APC) to publish their articles Open Access in any of RSC’s hybrid OA journals.
RSC journals: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/journals (please note that the discounts only applies to hybrid OA journals and not for publications in pure OA journals published by RSC).
• Applies to all articles accepted for publication between 01.01.2021 and 31.12.2023.

Discount:
• 15% (can not be combined with other discounts offered by RSC, e.g. for individual memberships; the maximum available discount is 15%)

Author Action:
• Use your institutional email address when submitting a paper to RSC (i.e. eawag.ch, empa.ch, psi.ch or wsl.ch).
• The 15% discount will be applied automatically based on the e-mail domain of the corresponding author.
• An invoice reflecting the discounted APC will be sent to the corresponding author.

Background:
The Royal Society of Chemistry offers this discount to all institutional subscribers of the RSC Gold collection independently of license negotiations; the Lib4RI does not pay for this discount.

SAGE full OA journals

Deal:
• Corresponding authors affiliated with Eawag, Empa, PSI or WSL are entitled to publish Open Access with a 20% discount in full OA journals.
• List of eligible SAGE full OA journals: SAGE full Open Access journals
• Applies to all articles accepted for publication between 1.1.2021 and 31.12.2022 
Open Access agreement Switzerland

Discount:
• 20% (Full Open Access Journals)

Quota:
• the discount applies to an unlimited number of articles in full Open Access journals

Duration:
1.1.2021 – 31.12.2022

Author actions:

Publishing in Full OA Journals:
SAGE identifies authors eligible for the 20% discount on APCs in full Open Access journals based on their institutional affiliations and the e-mail address that were provided during the submission of the manuscript. Thus, it is highly recommended that you use your eawag.ch, empa.ch, psi.ch or wsl.ch e-mail address when you submit a paper.
• Once your article has been accepted for publishing, SAGE directs you to sign the licensing agreement and sends you a link by email to the APC payment system. 
SAGE will automatically apply the 20% discount due where this is the highest discount available to the author on their article. If you are entitled to a larger discount, it will supersede the discount of this agreement.

Background:
• Lib4RI is participating in the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries “read and publish” agreement with SAGE

Science Advances

Pure Open Access Journal

Deal:
Submitting/corresponding authors from Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL get a 15% discount when publishing in Science Advances, journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Information about the Science Advances APC fees can be found on the Science Advances Website.

Discount: 15%

Author actions:
• After your article is accepted, you will receive an email notifying you that your APC payment is due. This email will contain a link to the RightsLink for Open Access APC payment system.
• You can choose between a CC-BY license (recommended) and a CC-BY-NC-ND license for your article.
• To get the 15% discount, click the blue “Apply Discounts”-button; search for and choose your institution.
• Click the orange “Apply discounts”-button. The reduction in USD will appear.
• See the workflow documentation for further explanation.

Background:
AAAS offers this discount to all institutional subscribers independently of license negotiations; it is not explicitly included in subscription agreements. Lib4RI does not pay for this discount, nor does Lib4RI receive any refund on subscription costs when affiliated authors pay to publish in Science Advances.


Other Funding Options

  • The Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Commission and many other research funders offer funding options for publications that result from funded research projects. Please see this page for details on funding options for Open Access.
  • If your are publishing in a full Open Access journal that charges a fee, funding of the article fee might be available via our Open Access Fund. Check out the funding conditions and application procedure here: Open Access Publication Fund


 
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