Open Research Europe: the existential stakes of platform governance

By Gabriela Sanseverino

Research is not easy. And publishing it… well. No wonder we have so many jokes regarding reviewer’s 2 terrifying notes, that “publish or perish” is a great source of stress for academics everywhere and actually getting an article out there is considered a victory worthy of celebration.

After a quick peer-review process for social sciences standards (but not any less stressful), ESR Charis Papaevangelou published yesterday his first solo paper on the Platform Open Research Europe: “The existential stakes of platform governance: a critical literature review“. His paper brings out a necessary and comprehensive overview of literature concerning the concepts of regulation and governance, and attempts to connect them to scholarly works that deal with the governance of and by social media platforms.

The platform in which he published the paper and the process itself is also incredibly interesting. Open Research Europe proposes a rapid – which is appealing when researchers are used to wait well over an year to see their papers in a journal – and transparent process of publishing.
The open access platform is designed for the publication of research stemming from Horizon 2020 funding across all subject areas, such as the JOLT Project, making it easier for the beneficiaries to comply with the open access terms of their funding,

All papers submitted pass through an open peer-review process, in which expert reviewers are selected and invited, and their reviews and names are published alongside the article itself, together with the authors’ responses and comments from registered users. This accounts for the transparency of the process, while also encouraging open and constructive discussions about the published paper.

As of now you can read article published by Charis (which is incredibly interesting!) on the Open Research Europe platform, follow and understand the peer-review process it went through, and, if you choose to, create a login to also comment on it, debate it and contribute to his work.

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This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska Curie grant agreement No 765140