Joint Research Centre

Elsevier and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission(JRC) have entered into an agreement to enable JRC researchers to comply with the JRC OA policy when publishing in Elsevier journals.


  • The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) requires JRC researchers to make their publications freely available through open access whenever they are corresponding authors. The JRC has issued its "JRC policy on Open Access to scientific publications", which is regularly updated to take into account new developments.
  • Authors can comply with the JRC Open Access policy (where applicable) either by choosing gold open access, or by selecting green open access by which they will need to self- archive their manuscript and provide open access within the maximum acceptable embargo period as specified in the Open Access policy.
  • Details about how to comply our outlined below:

Gold open access

  • JRC authors can publish their article open access in an Elsevier open access journal or in a journal which supports open access publishing (i.e. hybrid open access). Upon publication, Elsevier will:
    • Enable authors to identify themselves as being funded by the JRC via Elsevier's funding body form.
    • Provide researchers with a choice of user licenses. JRC recommend their authors select a CC BY user license.
    • Add the CrossMark® identifier to the article and links back to the authoritative version of record on ScienceDirect.
    • Provide immediate and permanent free access to the final published article on ScienceDirect.
    • Upon final publication, immediately send to Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) the final published journal article (PJA) as it appears on ScienceDirect. PMC and PMC mirror sites will also link directly to this same article on Elsevier's websites. Given the focus of PMC towards health and life sciences, deposit will be limited to journals in these areas.
  • To choose the gold open access option, a publication fee is payable by the author or institution. These fees are eligible for payment by the JRC if the JRC OA policy is relevant. Elsevier's fees range between c$150 and c$6000 US Dollars per publication excluding tax. Visit the individual journal homepages for specific open access pricing information

Green open access

  • For JRC authors who wish to self-archive their manuscript in order to comply with the JRC Open Access Policy (where applicable), the following steps apply:
    • Authors need to keep a copy of their manuscript, which may include any author-incorporated changes suggested through the peer review process (also called an accepted manuscript). If required, corresponding authors can access a copy of this version via Elsevier systems.
    • Authors need to post this version on their institutional repository and provide open access to that version after a journal-specific embargo period has expired.
    • The JRC requires its employees to also deposit a copy in the JRC Institutional Repository. Immediate deposit can be made to the repository for internal uses and subsequently made open access after the journal specific embargo period expires. See the list of embargo periods.
    • To choose this option there are no fees for either the author or institution.
  • Please note:
    • Authors should add a link back to the final version of the article hosted on ScienceDirect.
    • Authors should ensure a CC-BY-NC-ND license appears on the manuscript.
    • For JRC authors to be compliant with the JCR Open Access Policy, open access has to be provided through the JRC Institutional Repository with a maximum acceptable embargo period of 6 months (in science, technology, and medicine) and 12 months (in social sciences and humanities) after the date of publication. Titles published by The Lancet are the only Elsevier publications that have six month embargo periods and therefore provide a green open access option compliant with the JRC policy.

Help and Support

  • For compliance queries please contact us
  • For more information consult the Open Access section of the JRC intranet or contact the person in charge of Open Access at the Joint Research Centre.