Tools WG

Tools (R&D) Working Group

OPERAS Working Group Tools posterThe approach in OPERAS emphasizes the importance of building the open science scholarly communication infrastructure in SSH on community driven tools. In this perspective, the development of Open Source tools and the setup of a toolbox appears to be appropriate answers to the existing needs and evolutions in scholarly publishing.

Following a first discussion in the Working Group, participants discussed the partners’ practices and needs to help focus the Working Group objectives on 3 functions:

  • Peer review: interest in emerging practices such as open peer review, peer review tracking
  • Authoring: interest in simple and all-in-one services, especially online and collaborative authoring
  • Publishing: in particular, simple tools needed by small academic journals

The main results of the Working Group are:

  • Notes on observed trends.
  • A common approach and criteria for choosing tools
  • A list of relevant tools detailing features and functionalities
  • An analysis of the current needs of the partners

For Peer Review, the reviewing workflow is implemented in most open source software like OJS but developments are still needed to match the commercial software services. Similarly, the review tracking data available via services such as Publons is currently not open. The emerging trend for Open Peer Review represents an innovative area, both in terms of usage and tools.

For Authoring, we see a bloom of new collaborative tools. Promising open source software for editing structured scholarly content are being developed and are near to production, alongside commercial tools such as Authorea or Overleaf.

For Publishing, several open source software solutions are already used in production, but as the level of service expected from a publication service is rising and includes a growing number of third-party services, the community is considering ways of working together to combine their effort to be comparable with the state of the art of the commercial solutions.

The Operas partners are willing to go beyond this working group and consider engaging in follow-up projects, notably to help create a resource centre dedicated to providing the community with current information and support on scholarly communication software and tools, and to contribute to the effort in developing open source tools.

Working Group Members

  • OpenEdition (contact point)
  • Associazione Italiana per la promozione della scienza aperta – AISA
  • Hypothesis
  • Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences – IBL PAN
  • Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History – C²DH
  • Stockholm University Press
  • Ubiquity Press
  • University of Turin


Poster presentation for the OPERAS Conference (June 2018)


To learn more about the activities of the working group or to get involved, please contact Arnaud Gingold (arnaud.gingold[at] or Patrick Gendre (patrick.gendre[at]