Action Plan for Diamond Open Access
Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR) present an Action Plan for Diamond Open Access (OA) to further develop and expand a sustainable, community-driven Diamond OA scholarly communication ecosystem.
The Action Plan proposes to align and develop common resources for the entire Diamond OA ecosystem, including journals and platforms, while respecting the cultural, multilingual, and disciplinary diversity that constitutes the strength of the sector. It focuses on four central elements: efficiency, quality standards, capacity building, and sustainability, following up on the recommendations of the ‘Open Access Diamond Journals Study’ (see information below).
The Action Plan intends to create an inclusive worldwide community that has the tools to strengthen existing Diamond OA journals and platforms and increase their visibility. It has been prepared by ANR, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and Science Europe in consultation with participants of the February 2022 ‘Workshop on Diamond Open Access’ and experts of the Science Europe Working Group on Open Science. A summary was presented at the Paris Open Science European Conference 2022 during a session on the future of academic publishing.
At the time of launch, a broad and diverse group of over 40 international organisations have already expressed their support for the Action Plan. A full overview of endorsing organisations can be found at https://scieur.org/diamond-actionplan. Organisations that also wish to support the development of the Diamond OA ecosystem and become part of its community can endorse the Action Plan at https://scieur.org/diamond-endorsement.
- Action Plan for Diamond Open Access: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6282402
- Press release: https://operas-eu.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/20220301-Diamond-OA-Press-Release.pdf
- Open Access Diamond Journals Study: https://scieur.org/diamond-study
- Action Plan Endorsement: https://scieur.org/diamond-endorsement
- February 2022 Workshop on Diamond OA: https://scieur.org/ws-diamond-0222
The Open Access Diamond Journals Study
From June 2020 to February 2021, a consortium of 10 organisations undertook a large-scale study on open access journals across the world that are free for readers and authors, usually referred to as “OA diamond journals”. This study was commissioned by cOAlition S in order to gain a better understanding of the OA diamond landscape.
The study undertook a statistical analysis of several bibliographic databases, surveyed 1,619 journals, collected 7,019 free text submissions and other data from 94 questions, and organised three focus groups with 11 journals and 10 interviews with hosting platforms. It collected 163 references in the academic literature, and inventoried 1,048 journals not listed in DOAJ.
The results of the study are available in the following outputs:
- References Library – DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4562816
- Non-DOAJ Journals Inventory – DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4562828
- Dataset – DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4553103
- Findings Report – DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4558704
- Recommendations Report- DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4562790
Upcoming Presentations and Events
|12-03-2021||P. Mounier||Journée d’étude Couperin “Publication scientifique : stratégies des grands éditeurs et consentement à payer”||Online||Link|
|09-04-2021||All authors||The OA Diamond Journals Study: Q&A webinar||Online||Link|
|10-06-2021||V. Proudman||2021 Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum||Online||Link|
|23/25-06-2021||V. Proudman||LIBER Conference 2021||Online||Link|
To perform the study, OPERAS coordinated a consortium of 10 participating organizations: