Open Access and foundations

How do foundations and funders regard Open Access?

In general, there is an increasing tendency for foundations and funders to support Open Access.

Some foundations and funders also provide the opportunity to cover the publication costs (article processing charge) to Golden Open Access. Others subscribe to "The Green Route", where the possibility of self-archiving/parallel publication exists.

How do Danish foundations regard Open Access?

A number of funders have Open Access as a requirement, including all Danish public foundations and councils. 

This means that peer-reviewed articles written in connection with a supported project must, as far as possible, be self-archived/parallel published in institutional or subject-specific digital archives (repositories) via Open Access, if the publisher allows for it.

How do international foundations regard Open Access?


In Horizon Europe, EU's research and innovation programme for the period 2021-2027, there is a requirement of free access to scientific articles. You can read more in the Horizon Europe Programme Guide. Research stemming from Horizon Europe projects can be published Open Access for free in EU’s Open Research Europe (ORE) publishing Platform.

Plan S 

Plan S is an initiative from a group of European research foundations aimed at promoting free access to research articles. A grant from a Plan S funder requires that all scientific publications be published with free access and without embargo.

You can find out which Open Access requirements exist for other international foundations in the overview SherpaJuliet.

Journal Checker Tool

Journal Checker Tool can be used to find journals that can fulfill the Open Access demands which Plan S require. Remember to read the “What options do I have?” section to see, if the journal can comply with Plan S and how.

How do you handle embargo periods?

If foundations and funders have a requirement for Open Access publication, and if they are published within the framework of Green Open Access, it is generally the case that funders will allow a certain embargo period. An embargo period from when the article is published and when the published article is freely available to the public.

In cases where there is a discrepancy between the funders’ requirement for Open Access publishing and the rights that the publisher gives to the author, it is the author's responsibility to obtain the necessary rights. For example, there could be a discrepancy about the length of the embargo period, which could be dealt with by entering into a supplemental agreement or by only handing over to the publisher the rights needed to publish.

We recommend that you either use a supplemental agreement or a model agreement (in Danish) to ensure your rights to your own work (UVBA). The Danish National Research Foundation’s website contains such a contract agreement, which you can use in relation to the individual publishers to ensure Open Access publication.

If you upload your manuscript to PURE, you are able to specify an embargo period, to ensure that the content is not available to the public until after the end of the embargo period.    

Make your publication accessible via Open Access in Pure

Contact AU Library’s Open Access support

If you have any questions about Open Access, you are very welcome to contact AU Library's Open Access support: