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In April 2020, the European Commission announced “The COVID-19 crisis is putting high pressure on the research community to speed up science discovery, inform the public health response and help save lives. A necessary complementary action to accelerate and amplify the impact of research is to ensure that research findings and data relevant to this outbreak, are shared as rapidly, openly and effectively as possible. Therefore, the European Commission is urging all H2020 projects working on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and related topics to provide immediate open access to their related publications, data and any other output.”

What does this mean at Oxford?

  • deposit all research publications relevant to COVID-19 into ORA with a CC BY licence by the date of publication (at the latest) - include information on any tools and instruments needed to re-use, reproduce or validate the conclusion/s of the publication  Eg. software, workflows, models or materials
  • make all research findings available via a preprint server (or ORA) prior to peer review - include statements on availability of underlying data

The guidelines document in its entirety is available at https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/hi/oa-pilot/h2020-guidelines-oa-covid-19_en.pdf