Call for participation: DIAMAS project focus group on “Co-designing Diamond OA recommendations and guidelines for institutional leaders”

EUA seeks participants for a focus group on “Co-designing Diamond OA recommendations and guidelines for institutional leaders”, organised in the context of the EU-funded DIAMAS project. DIAMAS aims to deliver an aligned, high-quality and sustainable institutional open access scholarly publication ecosystem for the European Research Area. The online event will take place Wednesday 13 March 2024 from 10:00 to 13:00 CET.

The focus group will bring together institutional practitioners from universities, research performing organisations and learned societies to discuss their needs and challenges in the transition to Diamond Open Access at institutional level. Their input will directly feed into the development of the “Diamond OA policy recommendations and guidelines for institutional leaders”, which the DIAMAS project is set to publish in February 2025. Results from the event will also feed into EUA’s efforts to advocate for a just scholarly publishing ecosystem that is transparent, diverse, economically affordable and sustainable, technically interoperable, and steered by the research community and its institutions through coordinated policies. The Association is committed to the move towards a sustainable, community-driven Diamond scholarly communication ecosystem, together with its members.

Co-designing the recommendations and guidelines with institutional practitioners who are directly involved in institutional publishing processes will provide the opportunity to gather solid evidence on challenges, expectations and needs that can be then brought to the attention of institutional leaders through the project’s recommendations and guidelines.

First results from the DIAMAS project, including the soon-to-be-published landscape report “Institutional Publishing in the ERA: results from the DIAMAS survey” and gap analysis, will be presented during the meeting and used as a basis to steer discussions. Questions to be addressed during the focus group may include:

  • What are the challenges, drivers and good practices in managing and supporting Diamond OA initiatives within your institutions? 
  • What are key needs and resources that would enhance your capacity to promote and facilitate Diamond OA at institutional level?
  • How can institutional leaders offer better support to your work? What specific strategies or initiatives would be beneficial in creating a thriving environment for Diamond OA publishing, both financially and operationally?

The focus group will be comprised of approximately 30 participants, i.e. practitioners working in universities, other research performing organisations and learned societies. This may include managers of Institutional Publishers Service Providers (IPSPs), editors, research managers, librarians, and Open Science/Open Access coordinators.

Applicants will be selected based on their experience and expertise in institutional publishing activities and their motivation to attend. Special consideration will be given to ensuring a geographical and gender balance, as well as a diversity of experiences and institutional profiles.

To apply to participate, please fill in the application form here by Friday 9 February.

All applicants will be informed of the results of the selection by Friday 1 March.

Please contact Federica Garbuglia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) should you have any questions regarding the focus group and the open call.

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