« Two associations of major, mainly European research funders have announced an initiative to provide worldwide support for the ‘diamond’ open-access publishing model, through measures such as coordinating funding and providing training for editors.
Under diamond open access, research papers are free for both authors and readers because diamond journals and online platforms are supported in a more overarching way by funders or institutions, such as through multi-year service agreements or provision of staff time.
The model is seen by advocates as a way for academia to retain or regain greater control over scholarly publishing, because many diamond platforms are run by academics or scholarly societies using volunteers and institutional resources.
At the Open Science European Conference on 4 February, representatives of Science Europe, an association of research funders and performers, and Coalition S, the partially overlapping group of funders behind the Plan S open-access movement, announced a joint initiative to develop an action plan for diamond open access.
“We thought that the moment was mature to create a community that would strengthen the diamond open-access sector,” said Science Europe secretary-general Lidia Borrell-Damián. “We can achieve a system that is better organised, coordinated and sustainably funded to support researchers in their dissemination efforts.” (…) »