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European-Union open access and data policies

Many funders' policies require papers and underpinning research data to be made Open Access and will assess researcher compliance when considering future funding requests. Detailed below are various policies of those funders that make up the largest awards to Brunel.

For publications, Funders often have slightly different emphases on the best 'route' to open access. Some of them have internal mechanisms for funding gold open access. Some require authors to make use of specific subject repositories. It can get very confusing, but it's worth bearing in mind that policies between funders are very similar and often by simply depositing your paper into BURA on acceptance or requesting funds for Gold open access you will be compliant.

Outlined in Brunel's Research Integrity Code, the University expects all research outputs, but especially publications and data, to be made open access where possible.



Researchers funded by Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) projects must ensure open access to peer reviewed research articles resulting from funding in certain areas.

Horizon 2020 grant holders must ensure open access to all peer-reviewed publications resulting from funded research.

For FP7 projects the policy applies to these research areas: Energy, Environment, Health, Information and Communication Technologies (Challenge 2: CognitiveSystems, Interaction, Robotics), Research Infrastructures (e-Infrastructures), Science in Society, Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities.

Researchers can comply with EU policy through Green or Gold open access.


Gold open access compliance


Gold open access charges are eligible costs to Horizon 2020 grants. You will need to indicate expected costs in your grant proposal - contact Brunel's Open Access Team for help estimating them. There is a pilot to pay open access charges after grants have closed.

Before submission, check that your publisher's embargo on open access in a repository is no longer than 6 months (12 for Social Sciences and Humanities), or that there is a Gold open access option.

 More details can be found on the EC website.

If you are Horizon funded and are requesting payment for Gold OA by Brunel's institutional fund, you should first investigate this funding option. This is in order maintain a sustainable transition to open access publishing for the institution. If there is a reason you cannot access Horizon funding, and you still wish (or must) comply through Gold OA, please provide full details along with your request in BRAD.

Green open access compliance


FP7 / Horizon

Researchers publishing in traditional subscription journals can comply through Green open access, by making their papers available via BURA within 6 months of publication (Energy, Environment, Health, Information and Communication Technologies, Research Infrastructures), or 12 months of publication (Science in Society, Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities)

Provided your publisher's embargo is no longer than 6 months (12 for Social Sciences and Humanities), you can comply by depositing your final accepted manuscript in an open access repository. It is best practice to deposit in BURA on acceptance. To comply with the Horizon 2020 policy, the latest time for deposit is the date of publication. This will also make you compliant with the REF open access policy. 

How does this relate to REF 2021?

HEFCE allow compliance through either the Gold or the Green route to open access. By publishing your paper as Gold open access or by depositing your manuscript into BURA you are also compliant with REF requirements.




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