Open Research Europe (ORE) is an open access publishing platform for the publication of research stemming from Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe and/or Euratom funding.
The disciplinary areas are: Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Social Sciences.
Each of them refers to a Scientific Advisory Board, comprising experts distinguished for their scholarly achievements and for their strong interest in Open Science.
ORE has an ISSN (2732-5121) and is indexed in the main citational databases. The platform is managed by F1000, which is financed by the European Commission to adapt its technology to the purpose.
The EC covers all publication costs: authors and beneficiaries do not sustain any additional one.
Useful information about the platform and for the publication of the articles are available below.
The publication policy requires that the article concerns an original piece of research, not already published in other journals nor in course of publication in other venues. Moreover, the research must stem from H2020, Horizon Europe or Euratom fundings; authors must deposit the preprint of the article in an open access repository like arXiv, BioRxiv, MedRxiv, etc. Authors may recommend up to five reviewers for the peer-review. After submission, the ORE editorial team make a preliminary check concerning the compliance with the policy and the ethical requirements. The editorial controls take no more than 10 days. During this phase, the article becomes a published preprint with a DOI and is sent to peer-review. Authors are able to monitor each step of the publication process of their article.
Articles undergo a completely open peer-review. Authors may recommend possible reviewers during the submission: ORE editorial team evaluates the proposal and, if suitable, authorize the proposed reviewers. If the authors do not present any name, the platform will use a series of algorithms to find the best match among the experts in the field of interest. Every article is revised by at least two reviewers. The process ends when the authors receive all the comments and the suggestions from the reviewers. Each version of the article receives a DOI, as well as the reviewers' reports. The article may be Approved, Approved with Reservations, or Not Approved.
In case of supplementary material associated to the article, ORE editorial team verifies if it has previously deposited in an open access archive. Indeed, authors must provide information about the repository hosting the supplementary material. Only certified exceptions are acceptable. If authors have not deposited this material yet, ORE editorial team will support them choosing the most suitable repository. The associated dataset(s) must be FAIR and compliant with the principle as open as possible, as closed as necessary.
ORE always publishes the articles, even if not approved after the peer-review. The platform declares the articles' status, the names of the reviewers, and makes their comments available. Articles usually undergo a two-phase open peer-review. Each phase is citable, indicating the attributed DOI and the reviewers' names. Articles are published under a CC BY license, which foresees the use, the distribution, and the reproduction of the artifacts with no restrictions.
If necessary, authors may publish updated versions of the article at any time, each one receiving a citable DOI. Once the article is published in the platform, readers may leave comments in the dedicated fields, receiving the status of author, reviewer, or reader. ORE is going to be soon indexed in the main citational databases (e.g., Scopus) and in DOAJ. In the next four years, an automatic deposit of ORE resources in many institutional archives will be available.