Help us get to know the open access journals and platforms that don’t charge author-fees

OPERAS Consortium and its partners have launched a survey dedicated to gaining in-depth understanding of open access journals that don’t charge author-fees, often known as the “diamond model”; journals that are free to both readers and authors. Another purpose is to inventorize diamond journals not yet covered in major databases like DOAJ. This survey is part of the Diamond Open Access Study commissioned by cOAlition S and intends to explore and deepen our understanding of collaborative non-commercial publishing models for Open Access.

The survey will be open until the 11th of September 2020.

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The landscape of open access journals and platforms that do not charge authors to publish is broad and diverse. These journals and platforms serve specific research areas in different languages, and are attuned to local or regional needs specific to various publishing cultures. 

This variety results in a multi-faceted publication offering that is often characterized by a lack of connection and collaboration between publishers. This, in turn, can result in the unintended duplication of efforts or inefficiencies. This survey aims to draw a more complete picture of the diamond journal and platform offering to identify concrete ways to coordinate and support this sector in the future.

The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of this landscape and bring greater visibility to it. Furthermore, the survey will provide insights that will help cOAlition S and other stakeholders develop effective policies and funding mechanisms that more strategically support this sector.

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About cOAlition S and OPERAS

The study is commissioned by cOAlition S, a group of national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), committed to making full and immediate open access to research publications a reality.

The Consortium is coordinated by OPERAS, the infrastructure for open scholarly communication for SSH in Europe. Its partners in this study are: SPARC Europe, Utrecht University, DOAJ, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, LIBER, OASPA, ENRESSH, Redalyc-AmeliCA and the CSI.

Contact: operas[at] 

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OpenEdition team (2020, July 22). Help us get to know the open access journals and platforms that don’t charge author-fees. Open Electronic Publishing. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from

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