Publish open access

Guide where to easily publish open access

If you are not sure how to publish your article open access, consult our FAQs or contact us before article acceptance: @email.

Implementing the CERN Open Access Policy

The CERN Open Access Policy in its current revision is effective as of 1st May 2017. The Policy requires CERN Authors to publish all original results open access. Contributions to conference proceedings are not covered by this Policy. CERN Authors are intended as Staff, Fellows, and those collaborators authorized by their respective Department Heads to use the CERN affiliation, e.g. some scientific visitors, under certain conditions (see CERN Operational Circular 6).

According to the Annual lists of CERN-authored publications, CERN publishes about 1000 articles/year mostly in instrumentation, engineering and physics journals. Physics articles are evenly distributed between theory and experiment. About 90% of these articles are published open access. The CERN Open Access Policy aims for 100% open access publications, under a CC-BY license, for all papers signed by at least one CERN Author. Therefore, CERN has made available a central open access fund to support the costs related to the implementation of this policy. At the same time publishing in journals that do not offer any open access option is no longer possible. The following guide should help you to chose your route to achieve open access:


Thanks to the SCOAP3 initiative, all authors can publish their high-energy physics (HEP) articles for free in the journals mostly used nowadays in the field. The eleven SCOAP3 journals currently cover about 90% of the field’s publications. SCOAP3 is the easiest solution to achieve open access as there are no administrative processes needed for individual articles. Therefore, SCOAP3 should be your first choice if you plan to publish a high-energy physics article. 

2) Open Access through EC grants or national agreements

Articles that are published in open access journals and originate from European-Commission funded projects (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe) benefit from dedicated publication funds included in the EC grant or can request such funding. In addition, the EC now offers a dedicated online publication outlet for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries. If you are not sure, please contact us: @email

Many European national library consortia have established national open access agreements with publishers. If the corresponding author or the article is affiliated with an institution that is member of such a consortium, the article will most likely be automatically open access and you will comply with the CERN Open Access Policy. If you are not sure, please contact us: @email 

3) Central CERN funding

CERN articles (conference contributions or invited articles excluded) with at least one CERN Author (see above) are eligible for central CERN funding. In case of doubt, please contact @email as early as possible but in any case immediately after acceptance of the article.

  • Already during the submission process, you should indicate that you wish you publish open access.
  • Once your article has been accepted, you will be asked to confirm the license and rights agreement. 
  • CERN has established several open access agreements with relevant publishers that allow CERN Corresponding Authors to publish open access automatically. For these publishers, most of the license and payment information will be filled in automatically. Please see the expanding list of publisher agreements and the respective "Author Journey" documentation below.
  • To benefit from the central CERN funding, you must indicate that you wish to publish under a CC-BY license.
  • If you publish in a journal that is not part of one of the CERN-wide agreements or if you are not the corresponding author, please contact @email before proceeding with the license and rights process. We will create a purchase order and provide you with the purchase order reference (P/O number), which you need to indicate as part of the payment information.
  • IMPORTANT: CERN is not subject to any value-added taxes (VAT) neither in Switzerland nor in France, so the Organization does not have any VAT identification number.
  • More detailed explanations of the process by discipline are available via the links above. 

Sample Author Journey

Last modified
1 April, 2021