Open Access Requirements for Horizon 2020-Funded Projects


Open Access Mandate:  All H2020 projects must provide open access (OA) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications that stem from project activities, immediately or otherwise within 6/12 months of publication where publisher embargoes apply.  Non-compliance can lead to a grant reduction and potential sanctions”

Read the JISC scholarly communications blog post by Frank Manista to find out how you should be meeting your Horizon 2020 open access obligations.
See for:

OA Publications resulting from a project
Open Research Data Project

Link to: Guidelines to the Rules on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Open Access to Research Data in Horizon 2020.


How to comply with the UKRI (RCUK) open access mandate

Post by Caroline Rauter

Research Council Open Access (OA) block grant 2018-19

Swansea University continues to benefit from the UKRI (formerly RCUK) block grant to pay publisher Article Processing Charges (APCs). The funding, which applies to all published outputs resulting from funding by the Research Councils, has been extended to run until March 2020. We are now in year six of the RCUK Open Access (OA) policy.

Swansea University operates the block grant on a first come, first served approach. 

UKRI (RCUK) OA compliance targets 2018-19

The Research Councils’ OA FAQs stipulate that their preference… “is for unrestricted open access (Gold)”, but they support a mixed approach for going “gold” or using “green” self-archiving in a repository:

  • As an RCUK funded researcher you are obliged to make 100% of your research outputs open access and you should ensure that all relevant acknowledgements are included.
  • Swansea University reported an overall compliance rate of 5% in April 2018 (using both the green and gold routes).

We are required to improve the Swansea University open access compliance rate in 2019.

Licences compliant with the UKRI (RCUK) OA policy

i) Gold route (immediate open access) using a Creative Commons CC-BY licence.

ii) Green route (deposit of the final accepted manuscript in RIS & Cronfa, usually with an embargo)

  • Of note is the requirement that the publisher copyright licence places no restriction on non-commercial reuse, including non-commercial text and data-mining. The licence should allow for the sharing of adaptations of the material. This means a CC-BY-NC-NDlicence is not
  • This brings authors into conflict with the funder policy when publishing using the green route in, for example, an Elsevier hybrid journal. You should apply for financial support using the gold route if this is applicable for your chosen journal.
  • Where publishers offer a gold route, but the researcher chooses green, papers should be published in a journal with a maximum embargo of 6 months for STEM funded disciplines, or 12months in the arts, humanities and social sciences funded research. Research papers in biomedicine should be published with an embargo of no longer than six months.

iii) Open Government Licence (OGL) Crown Body employees only, e.g. Welsh Government.

In support of sustainable and affordable OA options we encourage authors to consider publishing in:

  • Reputable, fully OA journals found in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • Journals where the publishers are transitioning hybrid (subscription) to OA, for example: American Chemical Society, Cambridge University Press, IEEE, IOP, Oxford University Press, Sage, Springer, Taylor & Francis and Wiley.

We currently have institutional open access discount deals with MDPI, Sage, Springer and Wiley.

Contact us:      T: (0)1792 604567

Changes to the Research Professional login

You can now login to Research Professional using your normal Swansea University username & password.

To login to Research Professional using your university account:

  1.  Open
  2.  Click login at the top right hand side of the screen
  3.  On the next screen select ‘Swansea University’ from the box below the text ‘With your university account
  4.  Click ‘Log in
  5.  Enter your Swansea University username and password on the next screen and click ‘Login

You will now be redirected to the Research Professional web site logged into your Research Professional profile.

If you have any questions about the new login for Research Professional, please contact us on 01792 295695 or by email at

NIHR revised Open Access Policy is Gold

The National Institute for Health Research has announced that, from 1st April 2014, all peer reviewed articles related to research funded by them will be required to be published under the ‘Gold’ Open Access route. Articles will have to be immediately and freely available on publication.  This in line with the recommendations of the Finch Report for all publicly funded research in the UK.

Compliance will be monitored. This will be a progressive implementation. It is expected that full compliance will be achieved within four years.

Further guidance will be issued during the summer.

Read more:


Research Professional [funding database]

Until 23rd April, Swansea University’s subscription to Research Professional will also include access to news content, including access to Research Fortnight and associated publications. This means that, along with Research Professional’s comprehensive database of opportunities to fund your research, you will also have access to the up-to-the-minute research policy & practice news brought to you by Research Fortnight journalists in the UK and others from across the world.
News provides all articles from Research Fortnight and other research-related international news mainly from the UK, Europe, Australia and Africa. (USA and World news are covered to a lesser extent.)
HE is a highly analytic intelligence service for universities that covers policy and markets in higher education. HE helps university decision makers strengthen their grip on a wide range of critical strategic issues and incorporates the 8am Playbook alert.

Please contact Chris Beynon (from DRI) who is co-ordinating the trial if you have any comments or feedback.

The print version of Research Fortnight continues to be available in the Library (Q1.R272).

RIOXX: linking research ouputs and funding streams

RIOXX is a new project aimed at making it easier to track research outputs and attribute them accurately to funding streams. Better metadata – information about the books, papers and articles produced by researchers – is needed to make tracking research easier. This could benefit researchers looking for collaborators or commercial partnerships, as well as help funders demonstrate the reurn on their investments. Publishers, data archives and repositories would also be able to offer improved services.

Various metadata models have been proposed but until now none has emerged as a preferred candidate. Nor has it been clear how to make scholarly systems compatible with other systems used by univesities and funders.

In April 2013, JISC and UKOLN launched RIOXX as a possible solution.

The RIOXX Metadata Application Profile and Guidelines provide a mechanism for institutional repositories in UK Higher Education to comply with the RCUK policy on open access. The first release of RIOXX focuses on applying consistency to the metadata fields used to record research funder and project/grant identifiers.

The aim is that RIOXX will support the tracking of research outputs across scholarly systems. RIOXX has been developed to be compatible with the EThOS metadata schema for electronic theses and the OpenAIRE metadata guidelines for open access publications. Universities are increasingly developing or using Current Research Information Systems (CRISs), while funders are developing systems like the RCUK’s Research Output System. Work is now underway to ensure that the RIOXX application profile can be expressed in CERIF, the standard for data interchange between CRISs.

NIH – Call for Research Bids – Dementia Themed

The NIHR will issue a call for research on dementia in March 2011. The call will extend across the translational pathway, covering the fields of cause, cure and care, including prevention. This early advance notice of the intention to call will allow adequate time for the dementia research community to prepare high quality applications. Seven of the NIHR managed research programmes will be participating. Closing date will be in May 2011.

Read more….

RCUK – Strategic Vision 2011-2015

Research Councils UK have published their Strategic Vision This document sets out the themes and priorities for 2011 to 2015.  It addresses:

  • Research to address societal changes
    • Digital Economy, Energy, Global Food Security, Global Uncertainities, Lifelong Health & Wellbeing, Living with Environmental Change.
  • RCUK’s relationship with HE sector
    • Wakeham Review & full economic costings; managing demand for research funding;  allocating funding to research that addresses strategic priorities; encouraging the sharing of estates costs and the sharing of resources…
  • Research
    • Funding people & projects; training for a highly-skilled workforce, economic growth and sustainability of the research base; facilities and infrastructure.
  • Impact
    • Increasing our economic and societal benefits; choosing our research priorities; embedding impact; the evidence base of impact.
  • Partnerships
    • Working with the Technology Strategy Board; working with government departments; global partnerships; partnerships with society.

Invest in your libraries to help researchers

A new research report University Investment in the Library, Phase II: An International Study of the Librarys Value to the Grants Process suggests that there is a direct correlation between funding spent on university libraries and successful research funding applications.  The report is available online, or you can read the article in the THES.