Just published: Call for tenders "Open Research Europe — The European Commission Open Research Publishing Platform". Contract notice: ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NO… Procurement documents: etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-displa… Deadline: 18 May 2018 #OA #scholcomm #openaccess h/t @dagmarmichaela
"Tenderers are called to customize an existing publishing infrastructure solution [sic](...) to develop processes and policies to run the platform as a service, to engage in communication activities for the Platform and to run the service and publish articles in the Platform."
1/ OK, this thread will be long-ish - showing bits and pieces from the tender specifications (full text here: etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-docume…). First, intended 'basic workflow of the platform': preprints can be posted to the platform also w/o intention to peer review & publish there.
2/ Peer review: I couldn't find exact specifications as to what aspects of open peer review are required (open reports *and* names published?), except that peer review reports should be 'promoted' as an output of scholarly communication in itself.
3/ Interestingly, the above workflow could include a closed publication process with published articles (and review reports) only made available after peer review.
4/ The platform is intended for 'scientific articles' (other types of research outputs not specifically mentioned, so not included?) in all 6 major Fields of Science (FOS) in the Frascati manual (no, me neither: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frascati_…), thus including SSH.
5/ Licensing for both preprints and peer-reviewed articles: CC0 or CC-BY "or equivalent". Ability for TDM to be offdered 'in accordance with existing practices as they evolve over time'
6/ Data policies 'in accordance with Horizon2020 policies' - no explicit mention of FAIR.
7) Open citations not explicitly mentioned
8) PIDs for various entities, version management, and linking preprints to subsequent articles required (though not stated whether as links or in metadata)
9) Projected success: 5600 peer-reviewed publications in 4 years, i.e. 10% of projected number of Horizon2020 publications. Preprints not included (also not to be included in price-per-article as budgeted by tenderers).
10/ On to sustainability aspects... permanence, governance and hand-over scenario after 4-year project period.
11/ For content, automatic deposition to repositories of peer-reviewed publications, and long term archiving outside platform to be provided
12/ For platform architecture, open source NOT required :-(
Platform should be portable (not: forkable), and planned hand-over to Commission (or party designated by the Commission) at the end of 4-year period is part of the contract.

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