Horizon Europe and open access publication

Horizon Europe: open access to scientific publications

In accordance with clause 17 Open Science of General Model Grant Agreement, (pp. 110-112), research staff benefiting from a project must:  

  • Deposit in open access the final version published by the magazine or post-print in a repository and with a CC-BY license or equivalent. The deposit must be made no later than the time of publication of the article and open access must be immediate. Horizon Europe does not accept embargo periods.
  • Maintain sufficient intellectual property rights to comply with open access requirements.

Keep in mind that:


There are 3 options: 

  • Pay for an Article Processing Charges (APC) to publish open immediately in a hybrid or gold journal. Publishing in a gold magazine is an eligible cost in Horizon Europe but it is not in the case of hybrid magazines. Depositing the published version of the article a UPCommons the greenway is complied with.
  • Post on the platform Open Research Europe. In this case, the cost of the APC is borne by the European Commission. By depositing the published version of the article a UPCommons the greenway is complied with.
  • Opting for the Rights Retention Strategy, retaining sufficient rights to publish the author-final draft or published version of the journal a UPCommons with a CC-BY license. 



  • The European Commission recommends maintaining sufficient rights to provide the open access that the European Commission requires to be able to publish in open access immediately. 
  • How and when? when authors submit an article to a journal, informing the publisher that they will add a CC BY license to the Author Accepted Manuscript version.  
  • No, open access is also a requirement for other publications (participation in conferences, books, etc.).
  • In the case of monographs the license may exclude commercial uses and derivative works. 

Last update: 05 / 04 / 2022