13 April 2011
Currently the European Commission has two policies on open access in practice. Both aim to ensure that research results funded by the EU citizen are made available to the population at large for free. In this way, Open Access is considered a way to improve the EU's return on research and development (R&D) investment.
In August 2008, the European Commission launched the Open Access Pilot in FP7 that will run until the end of the Framework Programme. In October 2013 the European Research Council (ERC) revised the Open Access Guidelines for researchers funded by the ERC (http://erc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/document/file/ERC_Open_Access_Guidelines-revised_2013.pdf).
These initiatives require that the researcher provides open access to articles resulting from EC funded research, within a specified time period. Both initiatives have further special requirements, see ERC Guidelines for Open Access and Open Access Pilot in FP7.
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If you are a grant recipient from ERC or from FP7 in one of the following Research Areas
- Environment (including Climate Change)
- Information and Communication Technologies (Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics)
- Research Infrastructures (e-infrastructures)
- Science in society
- Socio-economic sciences and the humanities
you are required to deposit your publications!
- Published version
- Final manuscript accepted for publication
Researchers should deposit final articles or manuscripts into the institutional repository of the research institution with which they are affiliated. If this is not possible, they should identify an appropriate subject based/thematic repository. The Commission provides a special repository for articles that can be stored neither in institutional nor in subject-based/thematic repositories.
Researchers should deposit final articles or manuscripts into:
- institutional repository of the research institution with which they are affiliated.
- appropriate subject based/thematic repository.
- the Orphan Repository for articles that can be stored neither in institutional nor in subject-based/thematic repositories.
You have to deposit on publication into an appropriate repository.
Open Access to the publication has to be provided within:
|six months||twelve months|
|ERC||All grant recipients after 2007||
For publications in the Social Sciences and Humanities domain a delay of up to
in the thematic areas:
"Health", "Energy", "Environment" (including Climate Change)", and "Information & communication technologies" (“Cognitive Systems”, “Interaction” and “Robotics”)
in the activity:
"Research infrastructures" (e-infrastructures)
in the thematic area:
"Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities"
in the activity:
"Science in Society"