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Open Access in FP7 (Seventh Research Framework Programme)

The European Commission's policies on Open Access are aimed 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 might 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 December 2014, the European Research Council (ERC) revised the Open Access Guidelines for research results funded by the ERC

These initiatives require that the researcher provides open access to articles resulting from EC funded research, within a specified time period. 


Are you supposed to deposit? > What to deposit > Where to deposit > When to deposit

Are you supposed to deposit?

If you are a grant recipient from ERC or from FP7 in one of the following Research Areas

  1. Energy
  2. Environment (including Climate Change)
  3. Health
  4. Information and Communication Technologies (Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics)
  5. Research Infrastructures (e-infrastructures)
  6. Science in society
  7. Socio-economic sciences and the humanities

you are required to deposit your publications!



What to deposit

  • Published version
publisher’s final version of the paper, including all modifications from the peer review process, copyediting and stylistic edits, and formatting changes (usually a PDF document)
  • Final manuscript accepted for publication
final manuscript of a peer-reviewed paper accepted for journal publication, including all modifications from the peer review process, but not yet formatted by the publisher (also referred to as “post-print” version).

Read more about copyright issues...

Where to deposit


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:

  • the Orphan Repository called Zenodo for articles that can be stored neither in institutional nor in subject-based/thematic repositories.
The ERC strongly encourages ERC funded researchers to use discipline specific repositories for their publications. The recommended repository for Life Sciences is Europe PubMed Central; and for Physical Sciences and Engineering arXiv is recommended. The ERC Scientific Council is currently not recommending any specific repository for Social Sciences and Humanities. However, it is reviewing existing practices and open access infrastructures in this domain and may make recommendations in the future. If there is no appropriate discipline specific repository, researchers should make their publications available in institutional repositories or in centralized ones, such as Zenodo.


When to deposit

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 Requests that an electronic copy of any research article, monograph or other research publication that is supported in whole, or in part, by ERC funding be deposited in a suitable repository immediately upon publication. Open access should be provided as soon as possible and in any case no later than six months after the official publication date. Every effort should be made in compliance with the provisions in the H2020 ERC Annotated Grant Agreement. For publications in the Social Sciences and Humanities domain a delay of up to twelve months is acceptable.
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"

EC resources

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