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Technical Requirements

  1. Funded publications must be peer-reviewed in order to be eligible for funding by this Pilot. Evidence on the peer-review process may be requested when applicable.

  2. Funded publications must be made available under an open content licence, preferably Creative Commons CC-BY or CC-BY-SA. As an exception, a CC-BY-NC licence will be acceptable for monographs during the first year of the pilot. 

  3. Funded publications must be assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) or equivalent persistent identifier as early as possible in the publication process, ideally when a publication is accepted. In any case, the identifier must be assigned before the invoice gets paid.

  4. The published version for funded publications must be made available by the publisher in PDF/A format. Additional formats that allow better use of text and data mining techniques are strongly encouraged such as XML (see an example here) or HTML.

  5. Such PDF/A files (plus their TDM-able equivalents1) must be filed in Zenodo, or any other OpenAIRE-compliant repository once they are published. The deposit into the OpenAIRE-compliant repository should be made by the publisher whenever possible, but it can also be delivered by researchers or their supporting institution.

  6. The licensing information must be included in the metadata for the deposited item2.

  7. Publications must include a statement where applicable on how underlying research materials, such as research data, samples or models, can be accessed.

  8. Funded outputs must acknowledge the original FP7 project according to FP7 model grant agreement rules. Additional acknowledgement information on the specific Open Access funding can be added. The acknowledgment must be included in the bibliographic metadata of the deposited publication whenever possible.

1 At least one additional format that allows text and data mining, such as XML, must be deposited.

2 Additional technical guidance will be provided on how to encode this information.