Open access to all peer-reviewed publications from projects, co-financed by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for financing of research and innovation, is a general principle. A pilot for open access to research data takes into consideration the specificities of scientific areas and sensitive aspects of research data like privacy, trade secrets, national security, legitimate commercial interests and intellectual property rights (details here).
The European Commission recommends that EU Member States adopt the same policies for open access to the research results, co-financed from national public budgets, as apply in Horizon 2020. Regarding national open access environments the Member States are recommended to ensure that guidance is provided to researchers. E-infrastructures should be built for deposit, access to and preservation of open access publications and research data.
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has adopted the National strategy of open access to scientific publications and research data in Slovenia 2015–2020 in September 2015. The beneficiaries of national funding have to ensure open access to all peer-reviewed scientific articles that refer to the results from the co-funded research. The National strategy of open access is fully aligned with provisions on open access in Horizon 2020. Slovenian researcher and his organization that has signed the grant agreement will fulfill the provisions regarding open access in Horizon 2020 and in the National strategy of open access in the same way.
In Slovenia the national information portal openaccess.si has been established in 2011. In 2013 the Slovenian universities have built institutional repositories for open access to diploma, master and doctoral theses and research publications, and the national open science portal. The project was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
Compliance of university repositories with OpenAIRE Guidelines will enable the researchers to fulfill the requirements of Horizon 2020 Framework Programme regarding open access to publications from co-financed research and will enable the national research funders to monitor compliance with open access in co-financed programmes and projects.
Metadata of doctoral theses from Slovenian universities will be included into the DART-Europe portal.