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Open Access: a guide for researchers

Funder Requirements

A guide for Academics interested in Open Access and identifying how to make their research available via Open Access

Research Funders Open Access Policies Database

Open Access Platforms Provided by Funding Agencies

A number of funding agencies now provide platforms for open access publishing of funded research through the Open Research Central platform in collaboration with F1000 including: 

Open Access & Horizon 2020

These guidelines explain the rules on open access to scientific peer reviewed publications and research data that beneficiaries have to follow in projects funded or co-funded under Horizon 2020.

You may also find this FAQ document from the EU useful.

This guide by OpenAIRE is the complete guide for researchers and project coordinators on how to comply with the EC Open Access Policies in Horizon 2020 and FP7. More Information here on the OpenAIRE Website. The FP7 (Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development projec,2007-2013)  OpenAIRE aimed to support the implementation of the EC and ERC Open Access policies. It has now been succeeded by OpenAIREPlus.


Open Access Policies and Documents

Here are some links to the open access policies, statements and resolutions of a number of organizations and institutions.

  • MU Policy on Open Access to Research
    • Maynooth University(MU) believes that providing free online access to the University’s research and scholarly output will maximise the visibility and dissemination of our research. In keeping with this belief the MU Open Access Policy requires that all research and scholarly publications, which arise in whole or in part from research carried out at the University, and subject to the copyright and archiving policies of the publisher, be made available at the earliest possible date through the Maynooth University Open Access Institutional Repository -MURAL.
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
    • Open access is the free and unrestricted access to peer-reviewed scholarly content, predominantly journal articles, but increasingly other content, including monographs, book chapters and theses.
  • Research Councils UK Policy on Open Access
    • Free and open access to publicly-funded research offers significant social and economic benefits. The UK Government, in line with its overarching commitment to transparency and open data, is committed to ensuring that such research should be freely accessible.
  • Budapest Open Access Initiative
    • This 2001 initiative launched by the Open Society Institute established a foundation of open access principles relating to research literature.