Open Access: Funders´ policies

Open Access services and guidance for researchers at the University of Helsinki. #openaccess #openscience #ORCID #selfarchiving


Open Science support at the University of Helsinki


The Research Council of Finland requires that funded projects commit to open access publishing. It supports the objectives of Plan S and The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). The Research Council of Finland also supports projects in making their research data and methods freely available.

The Research Council of Finland´s requirements in the calls opened after January 1st, 2021

  • Peer-reviewed articles shall be made immediately open by publishing in Open Access journals, by self-archiving e.g. in an institutional repository or by publishing in scientific hybrid-style publications whose publisher is publisher has committed to promoting open access following Plan S (transformative journals).
  • In addition, all publications must be deposited either into a institutional or into international discipline-oriented repository.
  • Peer-reviewed articles should be published under a free and immediate open license (preferably CC-BY 4.0, but deviations from this requirement is possible in the following cases: by using CC BY-SA, CC0 or CC BY-ND; the choice is made by the principal investigator).
  • If no Plan S-compliant open publication venue cannot be found with Journal Checker Tool, one can publish the article as non-open as well, but open it in the university repository by self-archiving. For Plan S-compliancy it must be immediately available with CC BY-license (recommendation, alternatives CC BY-SA, CC0 or CC BY-ND). You can check the publisher's requirements for self-archiving from Sherpa/Romeo-database (funder's requirements). If no information cannot be found, use Pre-submission letter template by cOAlition S to ask for permission to self-archive the article without embargo and with the required license. If the answer is "yes", use Submission cover letter template when submitting the article (you can find a user guide from the same webpage). 
  • If the publisher does not give permission to Plan S-compliant self-archiving, the Research Council of Finland does not for the time being require self-archiving according to Rights Retention Strategy by cOAlition S (natural science 6 monts/humanities and social sciences 12 months), but the principal investigator can at will apply it (or ask the library to self-archive the article according to it, the responsibility remains with the PI).
  • The implementation of open access to peer-reviewed scientific articles will be monitored from the research reports. The publication data included in the final report must contain persistent identifiers, which help in confirming the open access. If necessary, the Research Council will require that a peer-reviewed article published behind a paywall be made available in accordance with our practices guaranteeing open access to research publications.
  • The Research Council of Finland also urges researchers to publish monographs, book chapters and conference proceedings with open access but this is not compulsory. These costs should be included in the research costs. The Research Council of Finland gives guidelines to these later on. 
  • Applicants must include a publication plan in their research plan.

  • The costs of making peer-reviewed articles immediately available are included in the overheads of the sites of research. Helsinki University Library manages the article processing charges, more information.

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Calls opened before January 1st, 2021

The Research Council of Finland projects funded before 2021 are encouraged to the immediate openness of publications but the Research Council allows the following embargoes (publication delay periods) for the opening of publications

  • In humanities and social sciences, no more than 12 months
  • In other fields, no more than 6 months.

Further information about open access to peer-reviewed articles in calls opened before January 1st, 2021.


Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is a research and innovation funding programme that has a budget of 95 billion euros.

European Comission emphasizes public access to publicly-funded research results. Research projects operating under the programme of  Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe are recommended to act openly. Open Science practices of a proposal are evaluated already in the submission phase. During the project phase, all peer reviewed scientific publications must be immediately deposited under Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) or a license with equivalent rights in a repository. For long-text formats such as monographs, licenses with restrictions for derivatives and commercial use are allowed (CC BY-NC and CC BY-ND). The version must be either an accepted author manuscript (final draft, post-print) or a publisher's version (final published version, version of record) of the publication.     

Open Research Europe is fully open access chanel for publishing articles that have received European Comission funding.    


Open Research Europe is a fully open publication channel where researchers can publish their research articles openly without paying an article processing charge. The channel is intended for publications written in connection with projects that have received Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe funding. In addition, researchers can submit manuscripts for which the underlying Horizon project has already ended. In Open Research Europe, the publication process is open form start to finish and it uses open peer review.  

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National Institutes of Health The NIH public access policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication, more information.


 CERN requires commiting to open access publishing for all projects funded by CERN. Recommended oa-platform is  SCOAP3.

Open access policies of research funders and the compatibility of journals with them

Find out about open access policies of research funders from Sherpa Juliet-database 

Sherpa Fact shows you whether the planned journal is compatible with your research funder.

The new Sherpa Services combines the databases above with Sherpa Romeo where self-archiving policies of publishers are listed. You can search for open access policies of journals and check whether they are compatible with the research funders.