Open access

In Horizon 2020 Open Access to Scientific Peer Reviewed Publications has been anchored as an ‘underlying principle’. This means that it has become obligatory for all projects to ensure open access to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to their results (free, online access for any user).

Open Access is compatible with copyright, peer review, preservation, prestige, quality, career-advancement, indexing, and other features and supportive services associated with conventional scholarly literature.

Each beneficiary from an Horizon 2020 grant must deposit the work in a repository and make it Open Access (after an embargo if necessary) – regardless of whether it has been published in an Open Access Journal or not. There are two main, non-exclusive ways of making publications and data Open : through self-archiving in repositories  or through publishing in an Open Access Journal (you can find a list of reliable Open Access journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Therefore, to provide Open Access, ACTRIS-2 participants are asked:


(i) to 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.)

(ii) to ensure open access (OA) as follows:
  • Gold OA: researchers can publish in open access journals (paid open access, processing charges). OA must be granted at the latest on publication.
  • Green OA: researchers can deposit the final peer-reviewed manuscript in a repository of their choice, access is granted after an embargo period. OA must be granted within six months of publication.
(iii) to ensure open access to the bibliographic metadata that identify the deposited publications, see Article 29.2, GA for more information.


You are free to deposit your peer-reviewed publications in any institutional, thematic or centralized online archive you consider most appropriate. However, all ACTRIS-2 related publications must be reported continuously to the EC under one of the following options:

  • Preferred option: OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe, Publications registered via OpenAIRE will directly link to the H2020 project concerned and automatically display all relevant information for reporting.
  • DOI: Publications not accessible via OpenAIRE must be reported using the digital object identifier persistently linking to the article in a repository.
  • Other: Publications not accessible via OpenAIRE or DOI must be provided and full reference data entered manually.

All publications must include the statement that the results were generated with the assistance of EU financial support (see:acknowledgement).

Referr to the H2020 infographic also below for more information/clarification.