Diamond Open Access refers to a scholarly publication model in which journals and platforms do not charge fees to either authors or readers. Diamond Open Access journals are community-driven, academic-led, and academic-owned publishing initiatives. Serving a fine-grained variety of generally small-scale, multilingual, and multicultural scholarly communities, these journals and platforms embody the concept of bibliodiversity. For all these reasons, Diamond Open Access journals and platforms are equitable by nature and design.

cOAlition S supports all publishing models that allow for full and immediate Open Access, including non-commercial, community-owned models. With like-minded partners, we co-create and promote a set of actions to strengthen Diamond Open Access and help advance fair and equitable scholarly publishing.

Highlights

Diamond Open Access Conference - 19 & 20 September 2022

Co-organised by Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR), the Diamond Open Access conference taking place in Zadar (Croatia) on 19 and 20 September, is the first hybrid event for the community of organisations and individuals who endorsed the Action Plan for Diamond OA. It follows two webinars in which members of this community could already meet and discuss online (on 22 April and 7 July).

The goal of the event is to bring together the community, to provide insights and inspiration to operationalise the Action Plan based on existing good practices, with a vision to develop future common services. It is also foreseen to introduce to the Horizon Europe project ‘Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication’ (DIAMAS, 2022–2025). This project, launched on 1 September, has the objective to contribute to the development of a coherent, high-quality, and sustainable Open Access scholarly communication ecosystem.

Participation in the conference is limited to those individuals and organisations who have endorsed the Action Plan for Diamond Open Access. Note that endorsement of the Action Plan is still open and we welcome additional organisations who wish to help strengthen the community and contribute to moving forward Diamond Open Access publishing practices.

DIAMAS project

cOAlition S, via its host organisation European Science Foundation, is a partner in the Horizon Europe project “Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication (DIAMAS)“.  The objective of the 3-year project (2022-2025) is to provide the research community with an aligned, high-quality, and sustainable scholarly communication ecosystem, capable of implementing Open Access as a standard publication practice across the European Research Area. This will substantially increase the capacity of institutions to provide innovative, valid, reliable, and accessible publishing services, taking into account the specific needs of the different scientific communities across the diversity of disciplines, countries, and languages.

Action Plan for Diamond Open Access

Together with Science Europe, OPERAS, the French National Research Agency (ANR), and supported by experts from the Diamond Open Access community, cOAlition S developed an “Action Plan for Diamond Open Access“. The Action Plan provides a set of priority actions to further develop and expand a sustainable, community-driven Diamond scholarly communication ecosystem. It aims to bring together Diamond Open Access journals and platforms around shared principles, guidelines, and quality standards respecting the cultural, multilingual and disciplinary diversity that constitute the strength of the sector. Interested organisations and individuals are welcome to join the community by endorsing the Action Plan via https://scieur.org/diamond-endorsement.

Workshop on Diamond Open Access - 2 February 2022

Following the publication of the Open Access Diamond Journals Study, Science Europe organised, in collaboration with cOAlition S, OPERAS and the French National Research Agency (ANR), a workshop to gather experts from the Diamond Open Access community and discuss priority actions related to the efficiency, quality standards, capacity building, and sustainability of the ecosystem.

The event took place online on Wednesday, 2 February 2022 and was sponsored by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in preparation for the Paris Open Science European Conference organised in the context of the French Presidency of the European Union.

Open Access Diamond Journals Study

cOAlition S and Science Europe published the landmark “Open Access Diamond Journals Study” in March 2021. This in-depth report uncovered for the first time the vast size and scope of the Diamond Open Access publishing ecosystem, while also formulating recommendations for its future development.

The study was commissioned by cOAlition S and funded by Science Europe. It is the culmination of work undertaken from June 2020 to February 2021 by a consortium of organisations: OPERAS, SPARC Europe, Utrecht University, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (ENRESSH), Redalyc-AmeliCA, and Center for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI).