What to do if you have an obligation to ensure open access to your publications.

  • You can publish in an open journal.
  • Find out in advance if the publisher requires you to pay an APC and how much it is.
  • You can deposit the article in a repository, preferably the CTU Digital Library.
  • If you are considering depositing the article in a repository, by uploading the full text to your website or social networks, find out in advance the publisher’s policy with regard to self-archiving.

The European Commission has long supported the idea of open access to research results. In the Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme the EU introduced the rules regarding providing open access to publications and research data. In the Horizon Europe (HE) programme these rules have been specified even further. Important factor in the evaluation process of the projects of European programmes is the openess of publications, not the impact factor indicator.

Similar rules are starting to be taken over by Czech grant agencies. The first of them was the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, which requires Open Access and Open Science principles in the Kappa programme.

Rationale for Open Science: visibility and findability of the results of publicly funded projects as well as providing transparent evaluation of the impact of individual programmes on science, technology and societal development.

Summary of Open Science requirments:

  • Deposit the publication in a repository and provide open access to it.
  • Provide access to the publication and to the metadata under a public license (CC or equivalent).
  • Publish research data in accordance with the FAIR principles – ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’ – i.e. publish all data thatcan be made public.
  • Develop and regularly update a Data Management Plan (DMP).
  • Provide access to research data under a public licence (CC or equivalent) where possible. Provide acces to the metadata also under a public licence.
  • All requirements are described below in detail for each programme. Details may vary!
  • More information in the Related grant programmes section.

Recommended (optional) Open Science practices

Practices that are not listed as mandatory, but in some grant calls their adoption is evaluated with extra points. If grant applicants choose to adopt certain practices, they also become mandatory for them. The list of recommended practices may vary from one grant to another grant calls may differ from the list below. Examples of optional practices generally include:

Sharing research results in a timely way Pre-registration of public research in a repository – publishing the study, research design, intended workflow analysis plan, and study design prior to beginning research data collection.

Registered reports – peer-reviewed and published articles that a) assess and evaluate the study design and analysis plan against the quality and appropriateness of the research questions and relevant protocol prior to research data collection, b) after the research has been conducted, when the article has been submitted for open peer review as an accompanying change report.

Publication of the data management plan (DMP) in the repository, or a publishing platform.

Open peer review A review process that meets at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Open identities (authors and reviewers know each other’s identities),
  • Open reviews
  • Open participation (a wider community (professional or public) can contribute to the review process)
  • Open interaction (direct, peer-to-peer discussion between authors and reviewers, or reviewers with each other, is allowed and encouraged).
  • Open preprint – publication of the research article before the peer review process.
  • Open review and comments on the publisher’s version
  • Open platforms (‘separate review’) – provision of peer review by an entity other than the one that provides the final publication venue.

Open preprints Sharing scientific articles prior to peer review in a repository (e.g. ArXiv, Zenodo)

Citizen Science Involvement of other actors (e.g., volunteers from the general public, members of a specific organization, etc.) in a sub-methodological procedure or main part of the project. These actors may, for example, take part in workshops, proposals to define the methodology or direction of the research activity, observations, collection and processing of research data, testing of software applications or participation in the publication and presentation of results.

Source: [Otevřená věda – OP JAK]

, Last change: 03.04.2024