Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year

2014 will be an exciting year. Horizon 2020 will open even more calls for applications. Participant Portal is a portal for information about Horizon 2020Current calls for Horizon 2020 can be found here. During the spring the library and Swedish School of Library and Information Science will arrange two days on publishing and scientific communication.

Also, we at the library will start a project on ORCID, a unique research ID and CRIS, which is a system for Current Research Information. People from other parts of the organisation will be involved.

Before it is time to wind down and take some time of we want to remind you to register your publications from 2013 in BADA. The deadline for registration is the 17th of January.

Instructions on how to submit publications to BADA.

FAQ on how to register in BADA.

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Guidelines on open access to scientific publications. Horizon 2020

EU has published its guidlines for open access to scientific publications and research data.

Open access is defined in the guidelines and two ways to open access are described: self-archiving and publishing in an open access journal. Research today is built on open dialogue and the possibility to improve earlier research. In the guidelines it is stated that open acces will help improve the quality of results, increase efficiency due to collaboration and avoiding double work, innovation is accelerated and it helps to involve citizens and the surrounding society when the research process becomes more transparent.

It is also written in the guidelines that research financed by public money should not be paid for again when someone wants to access research. Research should benefit EU, European corporations and Europeans and therefore European research financed with public funds should be guaranteed open access and long term preservation. The open access mandate only applies on peer reviewed scientific publications but open access is encouraged also to other types of material such as monographs, conference papers, gray literature.

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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.

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70 billion euro invested in research

It is Horizon 2020, EU’s new framework programme for research and innovation. Formally it starts forst of January 2014. The aim for Horizon 2020 is to find common solutions for the societal challenges we are facing. Compared to 7th framwork programme is that Horizon 2020 is challenge oriented, more open and relies on the researchers’ capacity to solve social problems.

The program has three parts: Excellent Science, where you can apply financing for your own research. Competitive Industries is an investment on key technologies which can be used in many applications, e.g. nanotechnologu, advanced material, production and biotechnology. Societal challenges invests in areas such as health, energy, transports and climate. Within this block the projects should be at least between three research groups in Europe. Block two and three requires often european co-operation and some sort of application while block 1 is not aimed at co-operation with industry.

EU’s Horizon 2020 page.

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