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You are invited to participate in a survey dedicated to growing our understanding of the global landscape of open access journals and platforms that don’t charge authors to publish OA; this is commonly referred to as the “diamond model”: journals that are free for both readers and authors. This survey takes place in the context of the Diamond Open Access study commissioned by cOAlition S. With a dissemination of the survey on an international scale, we hope to bring greater visibility and a deeper understanding of this landscape, and provide insights that will help a range of actors, such as research funders, governments and universities to develop effective policies towards supporting this sector.


The survey specifically targets journals and platforms that provide immediate open access content and do not charge authors a fee to publish.  If you belong to the scientific or editorial team of a journal, you can take the survey on behalf of your journal. We ask you not to answer for an entire hosting/technical platform which could have many journals on it.

A preliminary question will ask if the journal is already registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). If you answer “yes” to this first question, you will be able to skip a number of questions because we already have the data from DOAJ.
What you will get in return

We understand that completing the survey can be an effort. As a reward to this effort, you’ll be able to have, if you wish:
- the name of the journal published on a public webpage on cOAlition S Website listing all the journals that have participated in the survey. With this webpage we look forward to showcasing the breadth of the OA offering.
- a file containing all of your answers sent to you by email in September when the survey will be closed, that you’ll be able to share as the “identity card” of the journal with third parties such as funders, research organizations, etc.
- The final report of the study will be sent to you at the end of the year.

To obtain a comprehensive analysis of this Diamond landscape, we structured the survey questionnaire in short sections covering different aspects of the journal: 

1. legal structure and governance
2. authorship
3. content and metadata
4. editorial quality assurance practices
5. technical framework
6. funding model
7. dissemination and readership
8. challenges

You can download the complete list of the questions in a PDF file before providing your answers.

Do not be discouraged if you are unable to answer all questions. You’ll be able to skip those you can’t answer. The survey is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. Answers in those languages are accepted. You can access the language menu in the top-right corner of your screen.

Completing the survey will take you around half an hour. At the end of the survey we’ll ask you an open question about your ideal model to support open access journals. We hope that going through the different questions of the survey will help you reflect on the question so that you can share with us your expectations for a better future regarding the open access landscape at the end of the survey.
Thank you for your contribution and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any question or issue answering the survey: operas