The European Commission has launched its new research framework programme Horizon 2020 with €15 billion over first two years.
Among the documents is a General Model Grant Agreement, that has a clause 29.2 regarding Open access to scientific publications on page 59 in this PDF: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/mga/gga/h2020-mga-gga-mono_en.pdf
The section 29.2 states the following regarding research publications:
The beneficiary must ensure open access (free of charge, online access for any user) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to its results.
In particular, it must:
(a) 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;
Moreover, the beneficiary must aim to deposit at the same time the research data needed to validate the results presented in the deposited scientific publications.
(b) ensure open access to the deposited publication — via the repository — at the latest:
(i) on publication, if an electronic version is available for free via the publisher,
(ii) within six months of publication (twelve months for publications in the social sciences and humanities) in any other case.
(c) ensure open access — via the repository — to the bibliographic metadata that identify the deposited publication.
The bibliographic metadata must be in a standard format and must include all of the following:
- the terms ["European Union (EU)" and "Horizon 2020"]["Euratom" and Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018"];
- the name of the action, acronym and grant number;
- the publication date, and length of embargo period if applicable, and
- a persistent identifier.
It is very interesting to see how much the EC stresses the importance of repository-based open access in its OA mandate. Even if you publish in an gold OA journal, you are mandated to post you publication into a repository.
From my reading of the above text, the funded research team are in short mandated to do the following with their publications:
- deposit a copy of the published version or final peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication in a repository on the date of publication (at latest)
- ensure open access to the deposited publication via the repository
- on publication, if an electronic version is available for free via the publisher
- within six months of publication for manuscripts
- within twelve months for manuscripts in social sciences and humanities
- ensure open access — via the repository — to the bibliographic metadata of the publication
// Ulf Kronman