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Open Research Europe enabling innovation in open access publishing

ORE Innovative model

Tuning in: The Open Science webinar organised by the representatives of OpenAIRE in Greece and Cyprus in June, engaged with 205 participants to inform them about the Open Research Europe (ORE) platform. The presentation was given by Dr Victoria Tsoukala, Policy Officer-Seconded National Expert- Open Access-Science Cloud - European Commission, DG RESEARCH who presented the latest developments and future plans of ORE. Dr Tsoukala started by introducing the platform and explaining the process of submitting and reviewing articles before sharing the European Commission's thoughts on how to sustain it by involving the Member States and associated countries.

EC supporting researchers to publish in open access

ORE was developed by the European Commision (EC) to support open access requirements across all scientific fields (Natural sciences, Engineering and technology, Medical and health sciences, Agricultural and veterinary sciences, Social sciences and Humanities and the arts) in Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects. It is a non profit service aiming to both help researchers' follow best practices for open access and bring more transparency in the publication process. The platform was realised by the F1000Research publishing house, upon reward of a public procurement on innovative publishing services to capture the emerging scientific and publishing standards that the EC requires and sets. It should be noted that the contract that the EC has with F1000Research is active until 2026 and that the EC already seeks to define the business model behind it to successfully continue the operation and maintenance of the platform.

ORE in a nutshell

Publications in ORE can be of different types, e.g. case study, data note, clinical practice article, systematic review, etc and domains. The publishing process that researchers have to follow is well defined and meritocratic. Dr Tsoukala analyzed the criteria that researchers need to be aware of before submitting their articles (pre-publishing) and provided more details on the different stages of articles' assessment that lead to their publication (final result).

All EC funded beneficiaries are eligible to submit their articles during the project lifetime or until 5 years after the end of their project, and the scientific community is highly engaged in the evaluation phase. Once submitted, the articles undergo pre-publication checks, before being rejected or accepted and published to Zenodo to get DOI and citation. Then, the open peer review process is activated enhancing transparency in articles' assessment, incl. metrics and community comments / feedback, and allowing for the peer reviewers to be acknowledged for their contribution (e.g. add DOI of peer review in their resume).

ORE-GR

An important feature of ORE is that it provides the possibility to organise its content in collections that can be accessed and searched through dedicated 'gateways'. HEAL-Link was inspired by the innovative publishing model of ORE and developed their own HEAL1000 gateway for Greek affiliated research publications.

Dr Tsoukala endorsed this development and encouraged all academic librarians to inform and educate their researchers about the opportunities and the benefits that they have by using the ORE platform.

What happens after 2026?

At the end of the webinar, Dr Tsoukala communicated the EC's plans to make ORE a shared resource funded and managed by many national stakeholders in an attempt to sustain its operations and support the implementation of national Open Science policies across Europe. This idea has so far been positively welcomed by some national funders. Towards the end of 2023, a scoping report will be made available detailing the '10 principles for ORE'. Lastly, in September the EC will fund the ORE infrastructure to become open source through a new procurement tender.

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