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Open Access to Publications in H2020


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This presentation provides an introduction to the Open Access policies and requirements in Horizon 2020. It explains what the requirements are, how to choice between publishing in an open access journal or depositing in an open access repository and it gives information on costs and journal policies. OpenAIRE is an information infrastructure and network that promotes and facilitates Open Science in Europe.

- Find a list of qualitative OA journals on
- Find information on APCs per journal on the Open APC project:
- Find a repository:,,
- EC’s model amendment to publishing agreements:
- Check publishers policy:
- How to comply with H2020 mandate OA publications:
- For further questions and help, contact us at:
- For further information, check:

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Open Access to Publications in H2020

  1. 1. @openaire_eu OpenAIREwebinar OpenAccesstopublicationsinH2020 HermansEmilie GhentUniversity OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020
  2. 2. FP7–Pilotfor7areas(specialclause39)FP7-OpenAccessPilot H2020-OpenAccessbydefaultHorizon2020-OpenAccessbydefault OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020
  3. 3. • TheGrantAgreementstates(29.2): Open Access Policy OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020 “Ensure open access… 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 together with bibliographic metadata providing the name of the action, acronym & grant number”
  4. 4. 1. Publish in any journal of your choice How make your publication OA? Subscription based Open Access Journal  ALWAYS deposit a version in a repository OpenAIRE WebinarOAtopublicationsinH2020 + Add metadata: funder, grant ID number, acronym, publication date…. Deposit in a repository and provide access Deposit in a repository and provide access
  5. 5. Which way to choose? • Any subscription based journal Open Access Journal OpenAIRE WebinarOAtopublicationsinH2020 Self-archive in repository • No fees • Possibility of an embargo period • Direct Open Access • Retain copyright (sometimes) • Possible costs (APC) PROS CONS + -
  6. 6. • Directory of Open Access Journals: DOAJ  • Article Processing Charge (APC) Publishing in an OA journal Finding an OA journal: OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020
  7. 7. • Both for OA journals AND subscriptions-based journals that offer the possibility of making individual articles openly accessible (hybrid journals) Are Article Processing Charges (APCs) supported? Yes OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020 but… • Are eligible for reimbursement during the duration of the action.
  8. 8. What budget to consider in proposal? • What to budget? Average APC x number of publications • Publication costs  dissemination costs • APCs vary widely How? OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020 1. Look up APCs for specific journals: ask librarians, consult publishers website 2. based on average APC
  9. 9. Average APCs APCsvarywidely OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020 Average: • 1378 €1 - 1 978 €2 • 1186 / 1 754 € (OA journal) - 2 280 € (hybrid journal)3 • 1 479 € (OA journal) – 2 493 € (hybrid journal)4 1. Open access central funds in UK universities. Learned Publishing, [online] 25(2). Pinfield, S., and Middleton, C., 2012 2. Figure 1: APC pricing distribution. Article processing charges (APCs) and subscriptions. Shamash , K. , 2016 3. A study of open access journals using article processing charges. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(8), pp.1485–1495. Solomon, D.J., and Björk, B.-C., 2012 4. Information on APCs per publisher and journal  openAPC project Both types of OA publication cost can be reimbursed in H2020 projects. Currently, there is no price-cap for APCs.
  10. 10. Issues to consider OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020 1. Publishing ALL articles in APC based OA journals is probably not the right solution as it can lead to a substantial amount of the project budget.  a mix of depositing articles and publishing in OA journals is highly recommended. 2. The growing OA market comes with some challenges.  lots of new publishers/journals some of questionable quality. Consult white list such as
  11. 11. • Institutional repository • Disciplinary (arXiv, Europe PubMed Central…) • Or use EC-cofounded, multidisciplinary, free repository Where to deposit? • The Directories of Open Access Repositories: OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020 • • •
  12. 12. • Final peer-reviewed manuscript OR • Published version + metadata: funder, grant ID number, acronym, publication date…. What to deposit? OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020  Apply to all kind of publication, but emphasis on peer-reviewed journal articles
  13. 13. When to deposit?  As soon as possible, and at the latest on publication When to provide Open Access? • Immediately or • After embargo period: • at most 6 months (12 months for publications in the social sciences and humanities)* OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020 *EC’s model amendment to publishing agreements: guide-model-for-publishing-a_en.pdf
  14. 14. • SHERPA/ROMEO: • Overview of copyright policies and self-archiving permissions Checkpublisherspolicies What can I deposit? OpenAIRE Webinar OA to publications in H2020
  15. 15. Sherpa/Romeo vocabulary Pre-print Before peer review Publisher’s version With lay-out Embargo Period during which access to the article is limited Post- Print After peer review OpenAIRE WebinarOAtopublicationsinH2020
  16. 16. Researcher decides where to publish Check publishers policies on Open Access Journals: Self-archive in repository Check for Article Processing Charges Subscription-based journal In short: This is a derivative based on a scheme by “”, used under CC BY. OpenAIRE WebinarOAtopublicationsinH2020 Immediate OA Immediate or delayed OA
  17. 17. Support and information? 1818 OpenAIRE- An Open Knowledge & Research Information Infrastructure OPENAIRE FOSTERS THE SOCIAL AND TECHNICAL LINKS THAT ENABLE OPEN SCIENCE IN EUROPE AND BEYOND.
  18. 18. OpenAIRE webinar:OpenResearch DatainH2020 OpenAIRE 1919 Training and support material Services and tools:  Open Access depositing and storing research data in Zenodo  Claiming publications and datasets in OpenAIRE  Reporting research outputs  Discover, analyse and access  Support material and helpdesk
  19. 19. Thank you! @openaire_eu OpenAIRE3893548