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EU research publishing platform opens for submissions

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Horizon 2020 grantees can begin to use Open Research Europe to share their work

Open Research Europe, the EU’s in-house open-access publishing platform for recipients of its R&D funding, has begun accepting submissions from authors.

Jean-Eric Paquet, the European Commission’s top R&D official, announced the launch in a tweet on 26 November, saying he was “happy” to announce the opening of the “high-quality” platform.

Publishing company F1000 Research, which built the platform along similar lines to platforms it runs for the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said on Twitter it was “delighted” about the launch.

Recipients of funding from the 2014-20 EU R&D programme, Horizon 2020, are eligible to publish papers through the platform at no cost to them, as the cost is covered from the EU budget. The platform will also be freely available to grantees of the 2021-27 EU R&D programme, Horizon Europe, and could be opened up to beneficiaries of other funders.

The platform is intended to give EU-funded researchers a venue to “share their results and insights rapidly and facilitate open, constructive research discussion”, according to the Commission. At present it covers six subject areas: agricultural sciences; engineering and technology; humanities; medical and health sciences; natural sciences; and social sciences.

Its launch is part of a broader push by the Commission to get the maximum benefit from the research it funds, by ensuring outputs are available for reuse. All projects receiving Horizon 2020 funding are required to make their published articles openly accessible.