Open Access and projects supported by the European Commission FP7

In the Seventh Framework Programme, there were two projects aimed at promoting open access. These projects are OpenAIRE and OpenAIREplus. The projects aim to build infrastructure and support network to facilitate scientific communication (not only) in the European Research Area.

An important part of the OpenAIRE project was to make scientific publications on specific projects accesible in OA mode and linking these full texts stored in different institutional repositories and OA journals with information about the project. The result of the project was also standardization of the various repositories and formats.

OpenAIREplus then expanded the types of results that are stored and linked from journal articles on virtually all types of scientific publications in different formats (eg. Working papers, presentations, reports, etc.). Within Horizon2020 there is already included the problem of how to make scientific data available.

In the pilot project FP7 the scientific articles should be based on projects made available under the OA. This initiative covers about 20% of the projects supported under FP7.

PF7 applies in these fields:

  • Energy
  • Environment (including climate change)
  • Health
  • Information and Communication Technologies (Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics)
  • Research Infrastructures
  • Science in Society
  • Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities

If you are recipients of grants under FP7 from these areas, you have Special Supplement No. 39 attached to the project contract, which requires you to store peer-reviewed articles or final manuscripts resulting from a project supported by the European Commission, in an online repository and make effort to ensure free access to it.

How can I meet this requirement?

  1. Send article to the magazine of your choice.
  2. Save reviewed author's final manuscript to the repository within 6 months of release. In the areas of Science in society and Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities there is an obligation to disclose article within 12 months of release.
  3. Add a reference and link to the publication to the final project report.

What documents should I store?

It is necessary to store only articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Whenever possible, place the author's final manuscript. This version is also called postprint. It is a version of the article after the review process, with adjustments made, but still without typographical adjustments made by publisher. Some magazines and publishers allow and encourage to  publish the final version of the article (usually a PDF document).

List of the publishers can be found on the website of the SHERPA / RoMEO: You could find whether the publisher allows you to store the article in the repository or not in the license adreement or in the database SHERPA / RoMEO:

Of course, it can happen that the publisher will not allow you to reposit the article. Within the European Commision Open Access policy there is required to contact the publisher and ask for an exception. It is important to obtain this exemption in writing form. You can find a model letter with a request on this address:

The article can be saved to BUT repository. Our librarians will help you and ascertain whether the article can be published or not. How to insert the article into BUT repository you'll find here:

There are plenty of other repositories where you can publish your article. For example ZENODO Repository is directly associated with the project OpenAIRE, for authors who do not have the institutional repository. Other suitable repository can be found at

How to write an article for the final project report?

The final project report should report all forms of outputs, including scientific publications resulting from the project. If possible, attach a list of publications according to their importance.

In addition to bibliographic information, it is important to provide persistent identifier to locate the publication to the Project Coordinator. Permanent identifier should be a persistent link to the published full text article. It may be a DOI (Digital Object Idetifier) or permanent article's URL . It is assumed that you will provide all scientific reviewed publications arising from the project.

For more information you can visit the OpenAIRE Guide for authors:

You can contact us also by using the form:


Tkáčiková, D. OpenAIRE and OpenAIREplus - from a pilot project in FP7 website open to European research results (not only in Horizon 2020) In: Inforum 2013: The 19th Conference on Professional Information Resources [online]. Prague: Albertina icome Praha, 2013 [cit. 19.08.2014]. Available from:

OpenAIRE Guide for authors. [online]. 04.05.2011, Czech translation - 07.13.2011 [cit. 19.08.2014]. Available from: http: //