“The European Commission’s scientific publishing service has launched a new venue for EU research grantees to publish free-to-read results.
The Open Research Europe platform promises beneficiaries an “easy, high quality peer-reviewed” system at “no cost to them”.
The twist: authors, not editors, choose what they wish to publish – without the delay involved in traditional science publishing, the commission says.
The platform, set up to speed the flow of scientific information generated from its seven-year, €85 billion Horizon Europe programme, will post original publications in all fields of science in advance of peer review. Only after the articles are on the platform will the “transparent, invited and open peer review” begin. The names of the reviewers will be open, as well as their reviews.
The London-based open science publisher F1000 Research will run the system, with the commission picking up the tab for article processing charges.
With this model, the commission is playing catch up with some early-adopters. In 2016, Wellcome Trust, the largest charitable funder of biomedical research in Europe, contracted F1000Research to manage its open access publishing platform, Wellcome Open Research. Since then, many other major funders and institutions, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have contracted F1000 to set up similar platforms.
In a letter last week to Horizon grantees, the commission’s research and innovation director-general Jean-Eric Paquet says, “Your involvement is key to making this initiative a success.” The formal launch of the platform will be early 2021, but submissions will start in a few weeks, the commission said.
Reaction to the new site is mixed, with some researchers highlighting the flaws of the open review method….”