Published date: 8 November 2019

Awarded contract - This means that the contract has been awarded to a supplier.

Closing: 28 June 2018

Contract summary


  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

  • Market research services - 79310000

Location of contract

BS34 8SR

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

8 November 2019

Closing date

28 June 2018

Contract start date

13 July 2018

Contract end date

31 October 2018

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

Non-OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued below a certain financial threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


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The final date and time for the submission of bids is 28.06.2018 at 14:00

DO NOT apply directly to the buyer.

All tender information MUST be submitted through the CCS eSourcing Portal.

Tender Requirement
UKRI require a consultant to work with the four project partners and the Steering Group to develop the method to capture the information on monograph publishing in the UK, with a specific focus on open access. We are particularly interested in understanding the specific challenges and barriers (perceived and real) from a range of stakeholders including (but not limited to): learned societies and subject associations, Pro-Vice-Chancellors (Research), research librarians, publishers (traditional, commercial, new university presses and academic-led presses) and funding organisations.

The consultant will carry out interviews with a representative sample of these key stakeholders in order to pinpoint practical challenges such as technical issues, licensing arrangements and book sales. The consultant will then seek to address these challenges (where possible) by conducting a quantitative analysis of data available from publishers, funding organisations and HEIs (including libraries).

The successful consultant will be expected to draw upon the evidence gathered and put forward a set of conclusions on the implications of open access for academic books. Specifically these conclusions should highlight:
i. The key challenges and concerns raised in stakeholder interviews and (as far as possible) reflect how the report has sought to answer these challenges;
ii. Outline the implications for making books open access and not making books OA;
iii. The effect that the proposed requirement for OA monographs in the REF after next may have on long-form academic publishing;
iv. Future activities that will support the journey towards open access.

Please ensure you review all attached information to ensure a full understanding of this requirement. All attachments can be found with the RFx attachments tab within the Emptoris System.

This contract will be awarded based on the evaluation criteria set out in the ITQ document.

How to Apply

As part of the strategic alliance between UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS), UK SBS will be using the CCS eSourcing Suite for this procurement.

To register on the CCS eSourcing portal please follow the details contained within the Additional Information section of this notice.

If you are already registered on the CCS eSourcing portal and wish to register your interest in this opportunity please email;

Your email must clearly state:
• the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for;
• the name of the registered Bidder;
• the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

UK SBS CR18077 Open Access Monographs

  • Opportunity
  • Published 4 June 2018



Additional text


All submissions will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, for procurement values that exceed Regulation 5 (Threshold amounts)

Responses must be received by the date in the bid documents.

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Award information

Awarded date

16 July 2018

Contract start date

17 July 2018

Contract end date

31 October 2018

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.

Fullstopp GmbH


Wartburgstrasse 25a



Supplier is SME?


Supplier is VCSE?


About the buyer

Contact name

Amelia Stroud


Polaris House


01793 867006