Diamond open access
A condition for participation is that journals on the platform do not charge authors through Article Processing Charges (APCs). The publication infrastructure is largely supported by stakeholders, therefore a platform is made available to editors and (smaller) publishers so that they can implement a diamond open access publishing model.
As a quality criterion, the journal must be registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), or journals will work towards this registration. Journals can be advised in this. A journal meets the DOAJ criteria when it is published in open access, appears regularly and does not charge readers or institutes for access to publications.
The journals must also have a solid peer review system and this policy should be accounted for on the journals page.
Copyright and licensing
Copyright remains with the author. To be compliant with Plan S, articles are published under a CC BY 4.0 license by default. Two alternatives can be chosen, which are CC BY-SA or CC0.
The option is also offered to publish individual articles under a CC BY-ND license. However, if the research is funded under a NWO grant, NWO requires substantive justification for this choice.
Third-party content included in a publication (e.g. images) is not affected by these requirements.
There is no exclusive connection to the journal platform or the foundation: journals can change to another platform if desired, however they are subject to a notice period.
Editorial entities are and remain independent with regard to their editorial policy.
The legal ownership of the journal platform remains at all times in the hands of institutional academic parties. The ownership of the journals lies with the editorial entities – e.g. editors, associations, institutes or publishers – and not with the journals platform.
Platform services and their cost structure are transparent and will be accounted for on this website upon launch.