Horizon2020 has very specific requirements related to open access. The Multi-beneficiary General Model Grant Agreement, Version 1.0 11 December 2013 states that each beneficiary must ensure open access (free of charge, online access for any user) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to its results. In particular, it must:
- as soon as possible and at the latest on publication, 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.
ensure open access to the deposited publication —via the repository —at the latest:
- on publication, if an electronic version is available for free via the publisher, or
- within six months of publication (twelve months for publications in the social sciences and humanities) in any other case.
- ensure open access — via the repository — to the bibliographic metadata that identify the deposited publication.