YERUN has endorsed the Action Plan for Diamond Open Access presented on 2 March by Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR). The initiative aims to further develop and expand a sustainable, community-driven Diamond OA scholarly communication ecosystem.
‘Diamond’ Open Access refers to a scholarly publication model in which journals and platforms do not charge fees to either authors or readers. 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.
The Action Plan aims at substantially increasing the capacity of Diamond journals to provide innovative, valid, reliable, and accessible publishing services. Following up on the recommendations of the Open Access Diamond Journals Study, the action plan aims to support Diamond Open Access by focusing on four central elements for its further development: efficiency, quality standards, capacity building, and sustainability.
YERUN looks forward to working with Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the ANR in the implementation of the Action Plan, especially in the phase beyond the DIAMAS project, which will initially take forward its implementation. YERUN also looks forward to engaging in the creation of the conditions that will strengthen the Diamond Open Access sector, as mentioned in the Action Plan. Last but not least, YERUN reminds that researchers are the ones that ultimately produce, review and publish research: for them to be drivers of change it is important that funders and institutions support these changes in the first place.