On the 27th of March the Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, wrote a letter to reinforce the importance of Open Access in H2020.
Open access to scientific publications produced with public funding is beneficial not only for science but also for speeding up innovation and involving citizens and society. This is why under Horizon 2020, each participant must ensure open access to all peer reviewed scientific publications relating to their results (Article 29.2. of the Model Grant Agreement).
Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission.
So what is Open Access?
Here at Sparks & Co we are not Open Access experts, however working on as many proposals teaches you a thing or two about it! Firstly, as of January 1st 2017, all H2020 projects are automatically opted into the Open Access to Scientific Publications and to Research Data. This basically means that you must make your project results and the data from how you got these results available. This availability must be: free, machine readable and online for anyone to use.
Do I have to make all my information Open Access?
You can opt-out of the Open Access Research Data, if you provide good enough reasons! These can be because the data generated is sensitive, for example. Open Access is important as it disseminates your results and data to the widest audiences possible! Transparent science and research is important in empowering the public to engage in science, and achieve the aims integrating science in society.
To help with getting the message across, the EC created a useful and informative infographic:
There are numerous webinars and resources that can act as a guide to understanding what Open Access is and how to use it. For all your other specific and innovative communication & dissemination needs then get in touch with us as firstname.lastname@example.org!