On 4 September 2018, a group of national research funding organisations including Slovenian Research Agency, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. It is built around Plan S, which consists of one target and 10 principles. cOAlition S signals the commitment to implement, by 1 January 2020, the necessary measures to fulfil its main principle: “By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”
More info on page Plan S.

Diagram Plan S

On July 8th, 2019 Slovenian Research Agency signed DORA Declaration. 

More info on ARRS-SRA site:

Publication in open access is mandatory for all publications from projects co-funded by the new Horizon 2020 EU Framework programme for Research and Innovation. Based on the recommendations of the European Commission, member countries should adopt the same provisions as those valid for Horizon 2020. In September 2015, ARRS adopted the policy of open access based on these recommendations.  For more information, visit

Requirements of funders

1. The Horizon 2020 European research space: 

  • mandatory open access of publications from co-funded projects,
  • a pilot for open research data containing the Data Management Plan.

Regardless of the type of open access (green or gold open access, hybrid journals), the corresponding versions of peer-reviewed publications from the Horizon 2020 projects must be kept in repositories. The European Commission will use the latter to verify compliance with the provisions from the co-financing contract.

2. National funding (ARRS):

n September 2015, the Government of the RS adopted the National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia 2015-2020. The Strategy determines that each beneficiary has to ensure open access to all peer-reviewed scientific publications that refer to results from nationally funded research in the 2015 to 2020 period. The strategy also determines that journals published by publishers based in Slovenia containing peer-reviewed articles and receiving national public funding for their activities in the period between 2015 and 2020 should provide open access to their contents. Research data that is the basis for the published articles must be available via open access.

Slovene and English versions of the Strategy are available on the website of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.

3. University policies on open access:

An increasing number of universities and other research organisations abroad are adopting their own policies on open access. In most cases they are in line with the policies of national funders.


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