EUA has signed up to the “Action Plan for Diamond Open Access” which aims to promote a sustainable, community-driven Diamond Open Access (OA) scholarly communication ecosystem. Published on 2 March 2022, the document is an initiative of Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS and the French National Research Agency (ANR).
The Action Plan has four priority areas: efficiency, quality standards, capacity building and sustainability, following the recommendations presented in the “Open Access Diamond Journals Study”. EUA and other stakeholders attended a dedicated online workshop on 2 February 2022 to discuss the draft proposal and provide input to the final Action Plan.
EUA endorses the document and welcomes its goal of aligning and developing shared resources for the entire Diamond OA ecosystem, while respecting the cultural, multilingual and disciplinary diversity that constitute the strength of the sector. The Action Plan reflects some of the key priorities of the EUA Agenda for Open Science 2025, including advocating for a just scholarly publishing ecosystem that is transparent, diverse, economically affordable and sustainable, technically interoperable and steered by the research community. Supporting non-commercial, scholar-led publishing initiatives is also identified in the EUA new universities Open Access checklist as a useful way universities can develop and foster Open Access activities.
The objectives of the Action Plan are also in line with EUA’s role in the Horizon Europe DIAMAS project (Developing Institutional open Access publishing Models to Advance Scholarly communication) due to be launched soon. Under DIAMAS, EUA will support the development of practical recommendations for Institutional Open Access Publishing Services Provider (IPSP) policies and strategies together with core project partners ANR, cOAlition S, OPERAS and Science Europe.
At the time of launch, over 40 international organisations had already endorsed the Action Plan. Organisations that wish to support the development of the Diamond OA ecosystem and become part of its community can join them at the dedicated form.