Open Access

Open Access Policy

Under H2020 each 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, or
     (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 "Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions";
- the name of the action, acronym and grant number - "Nanoscale solid-state spin systems in emerging quantum technologies - Spin-NANO, Grant Agreement Number 676108"
- the publication date, and length of embargo period if applicable, and a persistent identifier.

Beneficiaries can freely choose between the most appropriate route towards open access for them:

Self-archiving (also referred to as 'green' open access) means that a published article or the final peer-reviewed manuscript is archived (deposited) in an online repository before, alongside or after its publication. Repository software usually allows authors to delay access to the article ('embargo period').  If this route is chosen beneficiaries must ensure open access to the publication within a maximum of six months (twelve months for publications in the social sciences and humanities).

Open access publishing (also referred to as 'gold' open access) means that an article is immediately provided in open access mode (on the publisher/journal website). Publishers sometimes charge so called Article Processing Charges (or APCs) to make articles open.  Such costs are eligible for reimbursement during the duration of the project as part of the overall project budget. 

In the case of gold open access publishing, open access must be granted at the latest on the date of publication and you also have to deposit a copy in a repository.

For more detail, please see Open Access & Data Management (Participant Portal Online Manual).


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Sally A Greenhough,
May 24, 2017, 3:32 AM
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