According to a recent article in Times Higher Education, the European Union has decided to move up a gear as far as Open Access is concerned.In effect, through the 80 billion Euros which it has decided to devote to research and innovation through the Horizon 2020 project, it has decided to prioritise open access for published research which it funds in the framework of ‘Open Access will be the norm’.
It thus involves a significant widening of the pilot experiment carried out in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
As far as FP7 is concerned the researchers who benefit from the project in 7 pre-defined disciplines are in effect already obliged to deposit an online version of their research results, in order to allow the consultation of the integral text on open access. With Horizon 2020 this obligation will be extended to other fields, from particle physics to the social sciences.
ORBi is already compatible with this FP7 obligation and automatically feeds the European database OpenAIRE.
Horizon 2020 will replace the current Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Technology (IET) from January 1st, 2014.
Link to the Horizon 2020 website