Horizon 2020 and open access


The first calls for Horizon 2020, EU’s framework for research and innovation, has opened. These calls have deadline during 2014. EU has a Participant Portal where you can find a lot of information about current calls.

The interesting part for me is what is written about publishing research financed by Horizon 2020.  General Model Grant Agreement can be found among all the documents. It has a clausul 29.2 Open Access to scientific publications. It states that the beneficiary must grant open access (free online access to all users) to all peer reviewed scientific publications which can be related to the results from research financed by Horizon 2020. At the same time the reseacher must aim to make research data needed to validate results presented in the publication open access. It will be interesting and chanllenging to start thinking about how and to what extent it would be possible to make research data freely available.

So researchers must deposit a peer reviewed final version manuscript accepted for publication or a published version of the publication in an institutional repository as soon as possible and at the latest on publication. Even bibliographic metadata must be open access. The interesting part is that the prefered way to open access is through institutional repositories instead of publishing in an open access journal. In other words they do not want to steer directly where researchers publish but are doing it indirectly instad since it must be open access on publication. Many publishers use embargo periods; i.e. a publication can be made open access e.g. 6 months after publishing.

Read the 29.2 Open Access to scientific publications in detail:

The beneficiary must ensure open access (free of charge,  online access for any user) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to its results.

In particular, it must:

(a) as soon as possible and at the latest on publication, deposit a machine-readable electronic copy of the published version or final peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication in a repository for scientific publications;

Moreover, the beneficiary must aim to deposit at the same time the research data needed to validate the results presented in the deposited scientific publications.

(b) ensure open access to the deposited publication — via the repository — at the latest:

(i) on publication, if an electronic version is available for free via the publisher,


(ii) within six months of publication (twelve months for publications in the social sciences and humanities) in any other case.

(c) ensure open access — via the repository — to the bibliographic metadata that identify the deposited publication.

The bibliographic metadata must be in a standard format and must include all of the following:

– the terms [“European Union (EU)” and “Horizon 2020”][“Euratom” and Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018″];
– the name of the action, acronym and grant number;
– the publication date, and length of embargo period if applicable, and
– a persistent identifier.

H2020 Model Grant Agreement: Mono-beneficiary General MGA: December 2013, p. 59.

Pieta Eklund

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Bibliotekarie och doktorand som tycker att bibliotekets forskarstöd är intressant, speciellt publiceringsstöd och open access. Skriver en avhandling om samarbete mellan bibliotekarier och forskare. Librarian and a PhD Student working with library research support with main focus on publishing support and open access. Writing a doctoral dissertation on collaboration between librarians and researchers.