OSLS has participated in an international survey about Diamond Open Access


Diamond Open Access is the designation applied to journals that have neither subscription fees nor Article Processing Charges and are, therefore, free to read and to publish in.

The findings can be read here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4558704, and the recommendations, here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4562790

Here is the summary:


  • A wide archipelago of relatively small journals serving diverse communities
  • OA diamond journals are on the road to full compliance with Plan S
  • A mix of scientific strengths and operational challenges
  • An economy that largely depends on volunteers, universities and government

Key Recommendations:

  • Streamline technical support
  • Ensure compliance with Plan S
  • Build capacity
  • Increase effectiveness
  • Sustain and invest in the future

Kick-start actions:

  • Prepare an International Workshop and Symposium on OA diamond within 6 months to initiate a global conversation among different stakeholders
  • Set up an OA diamond Funding Strategy within 1 year to implement funding recommendations
  • Build the OA diamond Capacity Center within 2 years to support the implementation of recommendations