Researchers may choose within Horizon 2020 whether they wish to provide open access to their articles through “Green Open Access” (self-archiving) or “Gold Open Access” (“author pays” model).
“Green” Open Access means that an electronic copy of the published article or the final manuscript is uploaded to a repository (online archive for research publications) at the latest at the time of publication. An embargo period of up to 6 months (12 months for publications in the social sciences and humanities) may be specified. Please note: Check in good time whether the contractual provisions of publishers are compatible with the Horizon 2020 rules.
“Gold” Open Access means that the article is published in an Open Access journal or released in a hybrid journal and is immediately available free of charge. In most cases, the author must pay article processing charges (APC). Please note: In Horizon 2020 all publications provided through Gold Open Access must additionally be uploaded to a repository.
The costs of Open Access publications are eligible if they are incurred before the end of the action. Costs incurred after the end of the action cannot be financed from the budget, but should be funded as part of a separate pilot project.
In addition to the scientific article itself (including standardised metadata providing reference to the EU grant) the researchers should also “aim” to publish the data needed to validate the research results, ideally in a data repository. The publication of further research data is obligatory only for projects participating in the Open Research Data Pilot.
Open Access does not entail an obligation to publish. The obligation to publish via Open Access is therefore not in conflict with patenting regulations or the confidentiality of research results.
The Open Access rules are illustrated in the following infographic.
Support and further information
about Open Access in Horizon 2020 can be found ...
- in the Annotated Grant Agreement (AGA), Article 29 and Article 31.
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