The theme for OA week this year is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”

Diversity is an important characteristic of any healthy ecosystem, including scholarly communications. Diversity in services, platforms, funding mechanisms, and evaluation measures will allow the ecosystem to accommodate the needs of different research communities and support a variety of workflows, languages, scholarly outputs, and research topics. Diversity also contributes to equity and inclusion.

As we continue on the path towards full and immediate open access (and open scholarship more broadly) we need to create the conditions that allow diversity to exist and flourish.

During Open Access Week 2019, COAR reiterates our support for the Jussieu Call, which promotes bibliodiversity and innovation in scholarly communication.

At COAR we recognize and celebrate the diversity of our community. At the same time, we understand that diversity cannot thrive unless it is fostered in an intentional way, through strong coordination.

In the coming months, COAR will work with our community and other stakeholders to explore new pathways and models that will help to establish the conditions for a diverse, inclusive and healthy ecosystem for scholarly communications.

If your organization is interested in working on this with us, please get in touch!