New methods, indicators and tools for peer review, dissemination of research results, and impact measurement

Open Access and Open Scholarship have revolutionized the way scholarly artefacts are evaluated and published, while the introduction of new technologies and media in scientific workflows has changed the “how and to whom” science is communicated, and how stakeholders interact with the scientific community. OpenUP addresses key aspects and challenges of the currently transforming science landscape and aspires to come up with a cohesive framework for the review-disseminate-assess phases of the research life cycle that is fit to support and promote Open Science.

Its main objectives are to

a) identify and determine ground-breaking mechanisms, processes and tools for peer-review for all types of research results (publications, data, software),

b) explore, identify and classify innovative dissemination mechanisms with an outreach aim towards businesses and industry, education, and society as a whole, and

c) analyse a set of novel indicators that assess the impact of research results and correlate them of channels of dissemination.

It will do so by following a user-centred, evidence-based approach, engaging all stakeholders (researchers, publishers, funders, institutions, industry, public) in an open dialogue through a series of workshops, conferences and training, and validating all interim results via a set of seven pilots involving communities from four research disciplines: life sciences, social sciences, arts & humanities, energy. It will finally produce a set of concrete, practical, validated policy recommendations & guidelines for national and European stakeholders, including EU institutions, a valuable tool in advancing a more open and gender-sensitive science system.


  • Project duration: June 2016 – November 2018
  • Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 710722.
  • Coordinator: Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI)
  • Project Partners: Göttingen State and University Library (UGOE), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA), University of Amsterdam (UvA), Know-Center, The German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), FRONTIERS MEDIA SA, The National Research Council in Italy (CNR)