Platinum Open Access Funding (PLATO)

PLATO is a project initiated by six Swiss universities and co-funded by swissuniversities to develop a sustainable funding model that enables collaborative community-driven and high-quality Open Access Publishing in Switzerland. Platinum Open Access (also known as Diamond Open Access) refers to publishing and accessing scholarly publications without price barriers for authors and readers.

In the framework of this project, the Platinum publishing landscape in Switzerland will be examined across different disciplines as a first step in order to devise a sustainable model for funding and supporting Platinum Open Access Publishing. 

The PLATO project contributes to the implementation of the National Open Access Action Plan and is part of the commitment by UZH to fostering and supporting an open science culture.

The project partners are the University of Zurich, the University of Bern, the University of Geneva, the University of Neuchâtel, the Zurich University of the Arts, the ETH Zurich and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW).


Project Duration:
January 2022 – December 2024


Project Board:

Danielle Bütschi (University of Geneva)
Dr. Thomas Eichenberger (ETH Zurich)
Dr. Beat Immenhauser (SAGW)
Felix Falkner a. i. (Zurich University of the Arts)
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Mumenthaler (University of Zurich)
Dr. Dirk Verdicchio (University of Bern)