Open Access in Horizon 2020

Open Access in Horizon 2020

By Ingemar Pongratz


The European Commission organized a workshop in Brussels to discuss the current approaches to Open Access in Horizon 2020 and to discuss possible alternatives to the current Green and Gold approach for publications.

The Green approach includes deposition of scientific articles in a repository six months after the article was published in a scientific journal. The Gold approach includes extra payment to publishers to make sure that the scientific article is made publicly available as soon as the article is published.

During the workshop, the participants discussed additional issues and concern was expressed from the Academic side regarding the extra costs associated with Open Access publishing. The League of European Research Universities (LERU) voiced concern that publishers are charging the Academic sector twice, once with the Article Processing Charges (APC), and a second time with the subscription fees.

In fact, League of European Research Universities is currently writing a Petition letter that will be passed to publishers to have a transparent pricing procedure that hopefully in the future will reduce the costs for scientific publication.

The workshop also will result in recommendation to the European Commission regarding the future of Open Access publication. Currently the European Commission is in a listening mode regarding the consequences of Open Access and is keen on identifying suitable models for the future and they will welcome advice and new suggestions on how to improve the current situation.

It will be very interesting to follow this topic in the future.

Ingemar Pongratz established Fenix Scientific AB / Pongratz Consulting. Through Pongratz Consulting we help Universities, Companies and other organizations to plan and prepare applications from European funding sources, such as Horizon 2020. If you would like to get in touch with us please use the Online Contact Form or send an email to:

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