This Special Interest Group works on: translation, multilingual discovery tool and the endowment of national languages.

Objective of the SIG

Scholarly publication is indisputably boosted by the use of the English language. However, the need to publish in English in order to get visibility and recognition represents an impoverishment of certain research fields, particularly in Social Sciences and Humanities. Taking this backdrop as reference, the Special Interest Group for Multilingualism aims to support researchers and institutions who want to continue publishing in their own language and to develop transnational scientific cooperation at the same time.

A brief history

OPERAS Special Interest Groups (SIG) were launched at the First OPERAS Workshop, held on 26/27 June 2017 in Amsterdam, under the name of “Working Groups”. They first presented their work at the OPERAS Conference “Open Scholarly Communication in Europe. Addressing the Coordination Challenge”, which took place from 31 May – 1 June 2018 in Athens. Each group published a white paper in July 2018. With the creation of OPERAS legal entity in March 2020, the working groups are relaunched as “Special Interest Groups”.

Current work

The SIG is currently collaborating with the TRIPLE project, in order to develop the GoTriple platform, which is the European hub for Social Sciences and Humanities and is developing a multilingual discovery tool. This SIG is also preparing to start collaborating with OPERAS-Plus project (starting in September 2022, with the duration of 36 months) in order to develop a design study for OPERAS Translation Service (Task 5.5).


Other Publications

  • Delfim Leão, Ana Balula : “Is multilingualism seen as added-value in bibliodiversity? – a literature review focussed on business and research contexts”. ELPUB 2019 23rd edition of the International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Jun 2019, Marseille, France. hal-02143195. Pp. 1-10 DOI: 10.4000/proceedings.elpub.2019.17

Dissemination materials

Reviewathon for OPERAS Living Book. OPERAS Blog. December 21, 2021.

Contact Point

Delfim Leão ( [Coimbra University]


  • CONICET – Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas y Crítica Textual (Argentina)
  • ISCTE-IUL – University Institute of Lisbon
  • OpenEdition
  • SPARC Europe
  • UC Digitalis (University of Coimbra)