Open Access Requirements for Horizon 2020-Funded Projects

Horizon 2020 grant holders “must provide open access (OA) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications that stem from project activities, immediately or otherwise within 6/12 months of publication where publisher embargoes apply. Non-compliance can lead to a grant reduction and potential sanctions”.

How to comply

Queen’s researchers can comply with the Horizon 2020 policy via Green or Gold open access.

Before submission, check that your publisher’s embargo on open access in a repository is no longer than 6 months (12 for Social Sciences and Humanities), or that there is a Gold open access option.

Green open access 

To comply via the Green route, upload your accepted manuscript to Pure upon acceptance. Please be aware that the maximum embargo period allowed for Green open access is:

  • 6 months for STEM disciplines
  • 12 months for SSH disciplines

Gold open access

Gold open access is when the final published version of your article is immediately open access upon publication. Gold open access charges are eligible costs to Horizon 2020 grants, ‘Article processing charges’ are eligible for reimbursement during the duration of the project.

If you publish via the Gold route, please upload your final published version to Pure upon publication.

Further information

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Loeb Classical Library: trial 1st May – 30th June 2019

The Loeb Classical Library offers online access to written treasures of the ancient Greek and Roman world. One of the main aims of this digital library is that “old friends and newcomers, scholars, students, and general readers alike …enjoy its Greek and Latin texts alongside English translations, in the familiar ways and in surprisingly new ones.” The library may be browsed or searched by language, form, genre, subject, and date and the Greek, Latin and English full text is fully searchable.

Key features include:
• Single- and dual-language reading modes
• Sophisticated Bookmarking and Annotation features
• Tools for sharing Bookmarks and Annotations
• Greek keyboard
• User account and My Loeb content saved in perpetuity
• Intuitive Search and Browse
• Inclusion of every Loeb volume in print
• Regular uploading of new and revised volumes

Please note that some of the site’s most useful tools are features of “My Loebs,” the personal accounts available to all authorized users. We’d encourage you and your patrons to create your own accounts (via the “Sign up” link at the top of each page on the site) so as to utilize the digital Loeb Classical Library’s full capabilities.

Please note that some of the site’s most useful tools are features of “My Loebs,” the personal accounts available to all authorized users. Create personal accounts via the “Sign up” link at the top of each page on the site so as to utilize the digital Loeb Classical Library’s full capabilities.

Please access the trial both on and off campus by clicking here.

For answers to frequently asked questions please see:

We are trialling Loeb Classical Library from 1st May – 30th June 2019 and your feedback is very important to us. Please send comments to by 7th July 2019.

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MBC Pop Up Library – You Said, We Did

In August 2018, Library staff met with representatives from the School of Biological Sciences to discuss and plan Library engagement and School support over the coming academic year.

One area that the School was interested in exploring was the Pop Up Library concept which had been successfully used across other areas of the University.    The idea behind the Pop Up Library is to provide a mobile Library desk with flyers, brochures, freebies, and staff with the same friendly advice and support that you’d get at any of the QUB Library service points.

The School felt that this would be a useful approach to meet with, and promote the Library to, new Biological Sciences students beginning in the 2nd semester, and for those about to take exams. It was agreed that in early March 2018, the Library would set up and run the Pop Up Library in the Medical Biology Centre Building foyer over two days (12 – 13th March).

Over the busy two-day period Library Medicine, Health and Life Sciences Subject Librarians and staff from the Biomedical and Medical Libraries met a large number of staff, students and visitors to the MBC Building.   Library staff fielded a number of enquiries, Subject Librarian contact cards were handed out, and many freebies were given to students.  In addition, the School of Biological Sciences provided tea and coffee for the Pop Up Library, which was very well received.

Overall, the Pop Library was very successful and we look forward to running others in different areas of the University in the future.  For more information on the QUB Pop Up Library please contact .

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Student Wellbeing Collection

Thanks to generous funding from the Annual Fund, the library has established a Student Wellbeing Collection to help and support students.  The collection contains around 140 print and 30 e-book titles covering a range of topics relating to your heath and wellbeing. 

You can explore the collection on the Student Wellbeing Collection subject guide.

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Customer Service Excellence Accreditation

Library Services was assessed against the requirements of the Customer Service Excellence Standard on 26 February, and is delighted with another very successful outcome. Library Services has been undertaking the Customer Service Excellence accreditation since 2015, and we have been successful in achieving this standard every year since. Achieving the standard gives us formal recognition of our commitment to, and delivery of, customer service.

Customer Service Excellence is an independent accreditation of the quality and standard of our customer care, and covers all aspects of our engagement with our customers, from front-line and face-to-face support, to liaison and communication, and how we engage with customers in developing our services and strategy.

Library Services would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved in helping us achieve this standard, whether you are a customer, a partner in the service we provide, or a member of library staff. When we have asked you to complete surveys or provide us with feedback, you have done this, and this has meant that we can use your feedback and comments as a driver for continuous improvement.

Achieving the Customer Service Excellence Standard each year helps to ensure that we not only maintain, but build on our successful performance, and keep our service to customers a priority.

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Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is now exhausted

The University’s COAF Open Access Block Grant for 2018/19 is now exhausted.

Queen’s is one of 36 UK universities and research institutes that receives an annual open access block grant allocation to meet the cost of article processing charges (APC’s) for research articles funded by the charities below:

The Open Access Team anticipates that the University will receive its 2019/20 COAF allocation in October 2019. Until then, we would advise all COAF funded researchers to consult their research funders’ open access policy to ensure they are complying with their requirements.

In most cases it is possible for COAF funded authors to comply with their funders’ policy by depositing their accepted manuscript in Europe PMC (must be freely available no later than six months after the date of publication)

If you have any questions regarding this restriction please email

For further information on ‘gold’ open access funding please visit the Open Access webpages.

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The McClay Library Expansion Project – April 2019 Update

This is the latest in a series of regular updates planned for the 2018-19 academic year which will keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project.

The project is progressing well with significant work now concentrated in the area adjacent to the atrium on the ground floor. To isolate students from the noise, an acoustic hoarding now stretches from just below the IT Service Desk to near the entrance to Staircase 3. This will remain in place until mid-summer.     

While we will do our utmost to minimise any disruption during the pre-examination and examination periods (any particularly disruptive work will be completed out of hours or carried out as early in the morning as possible), please note that this is a major building project so there may be some background noise. 

If you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact:

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Database trial: Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004

The Library is running a trial of the Daily Mail Online archive until 30th April 2019.

As an online archive of every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement published in the Daily Mail (London), the Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004 is a useful resource students and researchers.

You can access the trial here

Please send any feedback you have on this resource to:

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Library Egg Hunt at QUB Libraries – Wednesday 3rd April

Hop into The McClay, Biomedical and Medical Libraries on Wednesday 3rd April and keep an eye out for Easter signs popping up at various times throughout the day. If you are lucky enough to find one, hand it in to the Borrower Services Desk in the Library you are in and staff there will retrieve the designated prize for your sign.

There are lots of lovely chocolately prizes for you to win, but keep a special look out for the Golden Egg signs – they will get you one of the big eggs featured in the photo above.

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New Digimap collections – trial

Two new Digimap collections are available to QUB staff and students until the end of July 2019:

Map image on Digimap Society
  • Society Digimap provides access to census and socio-economic data for Great Britain. The demographic datasets are provided as layers to visualise along with high quality Ordnance Survey data, allowing users to gain insight to their areas of interest without the need to learn how to use a GIS.
Map image on Global Digimap
  • Global Digimap is a new collection which is still in development. It provides access to global datasets, allowing you to browse, annotate and print global maps and download global datasets for use in GIS software.

Society Digimap and Global Digimap are available via the library catalogue at  

If you have any comments about either of these collections, please e-mail Carol Dunlop

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