All peer-reviewed scientific publications from Horizon Europe funding must be made available in open access. This implies that publications are to be made freely available online, immediately upon publication and with no restrictions on use, by depositing them in a repository. You should be aware that you are required to retain sufficient intellectual property rights (IPR) to comply with these open-access obligations.

There are two ways to ensure immediate open access:

  1. Deposit your publication in a repository for scientific publications and ensure open access.
  2. Publish your research in an open-access journal.

In both cases, you have to deposit your publications in a repository, even when publishing in an open-access journal.

EC OA Mandate

The European Commission started a collaboration with Journal Checker tool from cOAlition S  for Horizon Europe grantees to discover if the research journals they want to publish in are #openaccess.

The Journal Checker Tool enables researchers to quickly identify journals or platforms that provide routes to compliance with Plan S. In this first release the tool provides information on a basic set of Plan S requirements: whether a given journal offers a route to open access compliance with a CC BY (or equivalent) licence and no embargo, and the ability to retain sufficient copyright to enable open access. In due course, the tool will extend its query to include the other (technical) requirements as set by cOAlition S.

Using the JCT is simple: the user supplies the name of their preferred journal and then selects their cOAlition S Organisation and the institution they are affiliated with. The combination of these data instantaneously yields a result that allows the user to see how their choice of journal is compliant with Plan S: via fully open access journals and platforms, through self-archiving (either via the publishers’ own policy or the Rights Retention Strategy (RRS) or through Transformative Arrangements. If multiple routes to compliance are available, the JCT provides basic instructions on what to do next on the particular route chosen by the researcher. Where no route to compliance is available, the JCT offers suggestions about editing the search to find a combination that enables compliance.

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