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Open Access @ UCC: Funder Open Access requirements

Open access is a broad international movement that seeks to grant free and open online access to academic information, such as publications and data.

Plan S - making full and immediate Open Access a reality

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funding and performing organisations.

Plan S requires that, from 2021*, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.”

The Plan S Toolkit provides advice on how to meet your Open Access obligations of many funders.

*For funders agreeing after January 2020 to implement Plan S in their policies, the start date will be one year from that agreement

Science Foundation Ireland Open Access Policy

SFI now requires all peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings submitted for publication after 1st January 2021 to be made openly accessible immediately from the date of publication. This requirement also applies to other funding agencies that have endorsed cOAlition S / Plan S e.g. Wellcome Trust. 


European Commission - Horizon 2020 Open Access Policy

Under Horizon 2020, each beneficiary must ensure open access to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to its results.

Beneficiaries can freely choose between the most appropriate route towards open access for them:

Self-archiving (also referred to as 'green' open access) means that a published article or the final peer-reviewed manuscript is archived (deposited) in an online repository before, alongside or after its publication. Repository software usually allows authors to delay access to the article ('embargo period') If this route is chosen beneficiaries must ensure open access to the publication within a maximum of six months (twelve months for publications in the social sciences and humanities).

Open access publishing (also referred to as 'gold' open access) means that an article is immediately provided in open access mode (on the publisher/journal website). Publishers sometimes charge so called Article Processing Charges (or APCs) to make articles open. Such costs are eligible for reimbursement during the duration of the project as part of the overall project budget.
In the case of gold open access publishing, open access must be granted at the latest on the date of publication and you also have to deposit a copy in a repository.

ERC Horizon Europe Open Access Requirements

ERC grant holders funded under a Horizon Europe ERC Work Programme, have to ensure open access to peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to the results of their ERC-funded project. 

At the latest, at the time of publication, a machine-readable electronic copy of the published version (VoR), or the final peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication (AAM), must be deposited in a trusted repository for scientific publications.

IRC Open Access policy

All researchers must lodge their publications and other research outputs, resulting in whole or in part from IRC-funded research, in an open access repository and should make such publications publicly discoverable, openly accessible and re-usable as soon as is possible.

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Open Access Policy

All projects funded by the EPA Research Programme are required to ensure open access to all peer-reviewed publications resulting from EPA funding. This must be done by depositing your peer reviewed manuscript in an open access repository as agreed with the EPA. You are also encouraged to publish in reputable open access journals. Please note however, the communications budget may only be used for Gold Open Access in exceptional circumstances, subject to prior approval by the EPA. Expenditure on Gold Open Access that has not had the prior approval of the EPA will be deemed ineligible.


HRB - Health Research Board Open Access Policy

HRB funded award recipients should deposit their publications resulting in whole or in part from HRB-funded research in an open access repository and these publications should be made publicly discoverable, accessible and re-usable as soon as possible. 


Welcome Open Access Policy

The overarching aim of Welcome's Open Access (OA) policy is to make sure that knowledge and discoveries resulting from our funding are shared and used in a way that maximises their benefit to health.

Useful links

CORA - UCC's Open Access Repository

CORA is University College Cork's online, open access institutional repository, established by UCC Library to collect, store and disseminate the digital research output of the UCC scholarly community. CORA gives you free open access to University College Cork's scholarly and scientific research publications and theses

Sherpa Romeo - Publisher Open Access Policies

Sherpa Romeo is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis.


Sherpa Juliet - Research Funders' Open Access Policies

Sherpa Juliet is a searchable database and single focal point of up-to-date information concerning funders' policies and their requirements on open access, publication and data archiving.



OpenDOAR is the quality-assured, global Directory of Open Access Repositories. You can search and browse through thousands of registered repositories based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.


Open Research Europe - The EU open access publishing platform

Open Research Europe is the open access publishing venue set up for Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 beneficiaries. Open Research Europe will give everyone, researchers and citizens alike, immediate open access to your latest scientific discoveries. And at no cost.