Tender for DFE Academic Journals Access

Tender for DFE Academic Journals Access

The Department for Education is seeking to establish a contract for the electronic provision of Journal Subscriptions.

United Kingdom-London: Journals

2020/S 044-105531

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department for Education
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UK
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: Ollie.SHORTT@education.gov.uk
I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://education.app.jaggaer.com/web/login.html
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://education.app.jaggaer.com/web/login.html
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


DFE Academic Journals Access

Reference number: project_1073

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Department for Education (the Department or ‘DfE’) is seeking to establish a contract for the electronic provision of Journal Subscriptions. This service should act as a ‘one stop shop’ arrangement for the Department’s journal access requirements that will provide access to required content in key research areas. We would like a service that includes contingency arrangements in case the standard offer becomes temporarily inaccessible, for whatever reason, although our priority is alternative electronic access with print access as a last resort only. We also want to trial ebook access.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Department requires the provision of a range of electronic academic and scientific journal collections covering the department’s policy interests. This should act as a ‘one stop shop’ for the Department’s journal access requirements. The core content offering should be:

— accessible to multiple users concurrently, but allowing for growth in usage,

— academic scientific evidence only,

— integrated electronic access to other, specific journals where needed and where not covered by the core offering,

— integrated electronic open access content,

— policy-relevant research content relevant to all DfE policy areas including early years, schools, further education, higher education and children’s services,

— a high level of full-text access,

— UK and international English-language evidence,

— management data on usage including search terms,

— it should be possible to click a link, and be taken straight to a specific search in the portal without having to log on.

A full description of the procurement can be found in the procurement documents in Annex B: Statement of Requirements.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 15/04/2020
End: 15/04/2022
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

There will be an option to extend the contract by a year built into the contract.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
Accelerated procedure

Prior information notice issued to indicate intention to come to market for the requirement.

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 13/03/2020
Local time: 18:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 09/03/2020
Local time: 09:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Department for Education
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: