Information for authors

Financing: Authors of monographs must generally secure financing for publication themselves, regardless of whether it is an open access publication. However, open access publications are often more expensive. In some cases, you must also pay a fee to publish open access articles in journals. There are several possibilties to fund the costs for your Open Access-publication:

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF): The SNSF covers the costs for Gold Open Access publications. Costs for Gold Open Access books are funded even if the publication is not part of a SNSF funded project.
  • Read&Publish Agreements: There are several Read&Publish Agreements which allow you to publish in most of the publisher's jorunals without additional costs
  • Publication funding provided by: the University of Lucerne, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (inside), PH Lucerne

Choosing a publisher/journal: The following directories serve as a starting point for finding the right journal or publisher for a direct open access publication.

Retaining rights for secondary publication on LORY/LARA: If you are not able to publish your work as open access straightaway, it's a good idea to make sure that your contract with your publisher contains beneficial terms for secondary publication on LORY. You can attach a pre-existing addendum to your contract to ensure that it allows for secondary publication:

If your work has already been published, it's advisable to obtain permission from the publisher for a secondary publication:

Further information about the legal aspects of publishing contracts

Information for readers

Open access publications are included in the search results for most catalogs and databases, including iluplus, Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog, Web of Science, Scopus and many others. However, if you want to search for open access publications specifically, we recommend the following search tools:

You can also download a browser extension that will let you know when there is a free version of an article available:

  • Unpaywall: Extension for Chrome and Firefox
  • Open Access Button: Lets you search for a free version of an article (by searching for the DOI, title, etc.)
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