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Information on Horizon 2020 and second publication rights

What does Open Access in Horizon 2020 mean?

The European Commission (EC) and the European Research Council are pursuing the target to ensure a wide dissemination and a worldwide access for their sponsored publications. Therefore, Open Access publication is mandatory for all scientific publications that result from projects in 2020. This objective is effective for all publications which belong to the golden way of publication in an Open Access journal, or the green way of the granting of publication or the acceptance of reviewed manuscripts in a freely accessible repository parallel to or shortly after the classic publication of the article in a journal.

In both cases an obligation exists to make the publication available in an institutional or disciplinary repository (cf. Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement, 29.2). Access to all full texts is to be directly guaranteed for all Open Access publications as well as all other publications after a maximum of six  months (resp. 12 months in the social sciences and humanities). Moreover, the data which the publications are based on should also be accessible in a data repository. These data enable an examination and reproduction of the published results.

(Source and further information: Georg-August-Universtiät Göttingen)


Second publishing rights

Legislation allows German scientists who work at a non-university research institution to make their resulting journal articles available to the public following the original publication after a maximum period of 12 months. The respective legislation became effective on 01. January 2014 and can therefore be enforced from 01. January 2015. The second publication is made available using a repository (recommended) or a homepage. Hereby, the final peer-reviewed manuscript is used.

The alliance of German scientific organizations published the following FAQs on 02. March 2015

IPN is recommended to use the Open Access repository pedocs from DIPF, because it is the educational sciences disciplinary repository. This will also be the case for publications which originate in Horizon 2020.

It is hereby necessary to conclude a contract with the DIPF relating to the granting of a basic usufruct and then to transfer it to the final peer-reviewed manuscript. The contract is available to scientists in the library or in the DIPF pages.

An appropriate workflow could look something like this:

Scientists can enter the authorized publication (at the earliest from 2014) in PURE and upload the final peer-reviewed version of the manuscript. In the case that this has not as yet been carried out, the scientist should sign the contract with the DIPF. The library will then send off the contract with the final version of the peer-reviewed manuscript to the DIPF, which then carries out the necessary steps for archiving and making the document in pedocs accessible.


Author’s addendum

In addition to the second publication law, scientists are recommended to add an addendum to their publisher’s contracts (author addendum). Authors can then allow an Open-Access provision in a repository through the publishing company with this agreement. In such cases where the second publication law is effective, more favourable conditions can be negotiated as a result of this agreement. It can also be used for publication types for which the ZFS is not effective.

Should you require further information or material relating to Horizon 2020 and the second publication law, please contact Ms Alexandra Jobmann, library head.