Irish Open Access Publishers 

Irish Open Access Publishers (IOAP) is a community of practice driven by Irish open access publishers for Irish open access publishers.  The IOAP promotes engagement with the Diamond Open Access publishing model (free to publish and free to read) as well as indexing on the Directory of Open Access Journals and the Directory of Open Access Books. The aim of this dynamic community of practice is to promote publishing activity that is free of pay walls and publication embargoes to further the dissemination of high quality scholarly output to all in society.

The IOAP seeks to unite and strengthen communication and knowledge sharing amongst the diverse range of open access publishers in Ireland to advance best practice. These include:

The IOAP also engages a wide variety of national and international open access agencies in this dialogue including funders, policy makers, academic institutions, libraries, open access organisations, student bodies, lecturers, researchers and students. 

The IOAP engages in advocacy and  educational/mentoring activities with the aim of making Ireland a world class leader in Irish open access publishing.


Cronin, Catherine & Czerniewicz (2024) #OER24 The future isn’t what it used to be : #ALTC Blog 


Noonan, Elizabeth (2024) Diamond Open Access at UCC: Journals honoured at the IOAP Inaugural Diamond Open Access Publishing Awards 2024 - The River-side April 2


Nemecheck, Caroline (2024) Impact Beyond the Numbers: How Do People Really Use Open Access Books? ( April 1


Watkinson, Charles (2024) Dis-counting Open Access in the Humanities - Issuu, Against the Grain, V36 #1


Rethinking Research Assessment for the Greater Good: Findings from the RPT Project


Willinsky, John and Alperin, Juan Pablo (2024) The Platform Developers in a Federated Model of Diamond Open Access – the diamond papers ( 


Martin Eve: CrossRef DOIs, Persistent Discovery, and the Digital Preservation of 7.5m items

Landmark report shows scholarly content at risk


Diamond OA Community Webinar. 26th Feb. 3- 5pm GMT. Speakers: Arianna Becerril-García, Redalyc/AmeliCA (tbc)

Martin Halbert, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA

Mochammad Tanzil Multazam, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sidoarjo, Indonesia

Reggie Raju, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Please register at



DIAMAS Project Results: Navigating Europe's Institutional Publishing Landscape on Wednesday 7th February, 9 - 10.30am. Registration: 

IOAP and Publish OA hosted DOAJ Sprint: Demystifying the DOAJ Application Form, with Judith Barnsby (Head of Editorial, DOAJ). Thursday 29th February at 2pm. Registration is essential. 


Case Studies in Library Publishing.  LAI Library Publishing Group Webinar on Thursday 22nd February at 2pm. 

Registration for Case Studies in Library Publishing, an event from the Library Association of Ireland's Library Publishing Group ( 


You say you want a revolution! Could it finally be time to rethink scholarly communications? - Insights ( 

Supporting diamond open access journals: Interest and feasibility of direct funding mechanisms | Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies ( 


OASPA has published its conference recordings


OASPA and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) today release a new Open Access Journals Toolkit


IFLA's Library Publishing Special Interest Group will hold an Open Session at WLIC2023 in Rotterdam on Tuesday 22nd August at 11.30 am on the theme, Working Together to Expand the Impact of Library Publishing Globally. Keynote Speaker is Eelco Ferwerda (Netherlands), previously Director of OAPEN. Grace Liu (Canada), Jill Claassen (South Africa|) and Fiona Bradley (Australia) will be on the panel.

IFLA WLIC 2023 - Program ( 


IFLA's Library Publishing Special Interest Group will hold a Satellite event at the Royal Library of the Netherlands (KB) in The Hague on Saturday 19th August from 9 am - 5.30 pm. Excellent programme.  Registration is €50. All welcome.

WLIC2023 Satellite ( 


New #OpenVoices interview with Malavika Legge from @OASPA on APCs, transformative agreements and equitable OA publishing.…

Boston, A.J.  Manifesto for a New Read Deal. The Scholarly Kitchen, May 18th, 2023.


Guest Post – Manifesto for a New Read Deal - The Scholarly Kitchen ( 

Kane, David. A Diamond in the Rough: EU leaks draft document for scholarly publishing reform. May 5th 2023

(1) A Diamond in the Rough: EU Leaks Draft Document for Scholarly Publishing Reform | LinkedIn 

Ma, L., Buggle, J. and O’Neill, M., 2023. Open access at a crossroads: library publishing and bibliodiversity. Insights: the UKSG journal, 36(1), p.10. DOI:  10.1629/uksg.613 


OASPA webinar: Scholarly Communication in Crisis: Research Integrity and Open Scholarship.  


Panelists: Dorothy Bishop, Adam Day and b, and Chair, Catriona MacCallum. See this blog post for full information including speaker biographies. Link to registration page:   

Learning from national open access platforms


Publish OA webinar  25 April at 2pm GMT. Panelists include Jan Willem Wijnen (, Antti-Jussi Nygård and Sami Syrjämäki (  


IFLA LIBPUB SIG launched a call for proposals for its WLIC 2023  Satellite on the theme of the Global Impact of Library Publishing.  The Satellite will be held in The Hague on 19th August 2023.


The IFLA Library Publishing Special Interest Group (LIBPUB SIG) launches its new Blog Post Series, Library Publishing through the IFLA Global Lens


Webinar: Next Generation Library Publishing Project (NGLP)


The LAI Library Publishing Group is delighted that Sarah Lippincott will speak about the Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) Project at its webinar on 13th March at 4  pm.  All welcome but booking is essential.

OASPA Blog Post: The 'OA Market' - What is Healthy (Part 2)


The LAI Open Scholarship Group invites you to a discussion on what it truly takes to open up access to information, research and education.  Friday 10th Feb 10 - 11.30 am


OASPA Blog Post: The 'OA Market' - What is Healthy? (Part 1)


Science Europe's Diamond Open Access Conference in Zadar (Croatia) in September 2022. Speaker presentations are here.


Open Research Week 2023 Open Research Week 2023- Open Research - University of Liverpool 


Adding equity to transformative agreements and journal subscriptions –The Read & Let Read model | Impact of Social Sciences ( 


The recording of the launch of Ireland's National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-30 and the projects funded by NORF 2022 Open Research Fund is here


Stop paying to be published Open Access - a French perspective ( by Olivier Pourret


NORF National Action Plan and Projects Launch Event - Nov 21 @2pm.  Register here.


Recording of OASPA Conference now available


Why I think ending article-processing charges will save open access ( - Juan Pablo Alperin


Recording of the LAI Library Publishing Group webinar, Library Publishing Workflows with Brandon Locke (Educopia)


Plan S Journal Comparison Service: open for libraries and library consortia to register and access price and service data


Webinar - New Horizons in Open Access Publishing (25th October, UCC, online)


Revised principles of transparency and best practice released - OASPA 


Statement on peer reviewed publications | Plan S ( 


IOAP signs the Science Europe, Coalition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR) Action Plan for Diamond Open Access


Slides from the Diamond Open Access Community Webinar


AJ Boston writes on the importance of equity in OA publishing in the Scholarly Kitchen


cOAlition S and ALPSP publish toolkit to foster Open Access agreements | Plan S ( 


NORF has published a National Action Plan for Open Research 2022 - 2030- Draft for Public Consultation


Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR): Action Plan for Diamond Open Access (Press Release)


Another University Making Rights Retention their Institutional Policy 


(University of NSW Sydney). Further information here.

Some Pitfalls of OA Discussions: An Opinion Piece


Jan Erik Frantsvag opinion piece entitled 'Some Pitfalls of OA Discussions' in Nordic Perspectives of Open Science. Click here to read. 

The OA Diamond Journals Study is published


Science Europe and cOAlition S publish an in-depth report and recommendations arising from a study of community-driven Open Access journals across the world that are free for readers and authors, usually referred to as 'OA diamond journals'.