A connected open access publishing landscape in which a diverse range of scholarly publishers support the advancement of open, inclusive and sustainable publishing approaches in line with national and international standards for the benefit of all.


To advance, promote and recognise excellence in Irish open access publishing through knowledge sharing, collaboration, educational activities, events and the Annual IOAP Awards, engaging a wide range of actors in the scholarly publishing landscape including faculty, students, librarians, researchers, academic managers, funders, policy makers, publishing indexes, student bodies and open access organisations. 

The IOAP supports publishers to establish or transition journals to the diamond open access model in which scholarly content is free to publish and free to read. The IOAP encourages synergies across publishing approaches.


UN Sustainable Development Goals: All IOAP activities are informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in terms of free and open access to information and the inclusion of all voices in scholarly publishing

Openness: The IOAP encourages sustainable, open access publishing approaches, specifically the Diamond OA model with no article processing charges (free to publish and free to read).

Quality The IOAP promotes engagement with OASPA's Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing. The IOAP also celebrates excellence in open access publishing in the Annual IOAP Open Access Publishing Awards, adjudicated by an independent panel of experts

Collaboration:  The IOAP promotes greater collaboration and synergies between various open access publishing approaches, for example university presses and library publishers.

Knowledge Sharing: The IOAP disseminates key resources and undertakes a range of educational initiatives including an annual seminar to promote best practice

Diversity and Inclusion: The IOAP is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). It encourages the development of EDI policies by open access publishers.

Ethics: The IOAP promotes engagement with ethical publishing standards as articulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Retention of Author Rights: The IOAP encourages the use of Creative Commons Licenses so that authors retain the copyright to their own work.

Innovation: The IOAP promotes new technologies, publishing platforms and workflows to advance Irish open access publishing.