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Summary of European Open Access policies

Funder

Requirement

Embargo

Funds provided?

ERC Research outputs and data 'made available'

6 month STEM

12 months HASS

Must be budgeted into grants
Horizon 2020 Articles only are mandated to be deposited in a repository

6 month STEM

12 months HASS

Must be budgeted into grants

What you need to do:

ERC

The European Research Council policy was announced in 2012. They require articles and monographs – and associated research data – to be made available within six months of publication for sciences. This is extended to 12 months for arts, humanities and social sciences. The policy states that they encourage institutions to meet the costs of this, but they have not provided any money to do so and there are no Cambridge University funds available. Costs will therefore have to be met from your research grant, and should be budgeted into future grant applications.

The current average APC for Cambridge articles is around £1800 + VAT, and more information can be found about specific charges and how much publishers charge for Open Access.

Horizon 2020

All Horizon 2020 peer-reviewed articles are covered by Open Access requirements. Monographs, books, conference proceedings and reports are not mandated, but Open Access is encouraged.

The policy requires that either the published article or accepted manuscript be deposited in a repository no later than publication. Maximum embargoes are six months for sciences and 12 months for arts, humanities and social sciences. Data sharing is encouraged but there is no obligation, except for projects covered by the Open Data Research Pilot.

Repository records must include the following metadata:

  • 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;

When submitting articles to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk it would be helpful if you included this information in the comments field so we can add it to the record.

Open Access costs are eligible expenses that can be claimed from your research grant and should be budgeted for in grant applications. The current average APC for Cambridge articles is around £1800 + VAT and more information can be found about specific charges and how much publishers charge for Open Access.