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DOAJ joins new Horizon Europe project to strengthen technology for institutional publishing

DOAJ is pleased to continue its support of diamond journals as one of 23 partners in the project “Creating a Robust Accessible Federated Technology for Open Access” (CRAFT-OA). Covering 14 European countries, CRAFT-OA is coordinated by the University of Göttingen, Germany and will start in January 2023 for 36 months. 

The project is funded within the Horizon Europe Framework Programme , and aims to equally evolve and strengthen the Diamond Open Access (Diamond OA, no fees towards authors or readers) institutional publishing landscape. By offering tangible services and tools for the entire life cycle of journal publishing, CRAFT OA empowers local and regional platforms and service providers to upscale, professionalise and reach stronger interoperability with other scientific information systems for content and platforms. These developments will help researchers and editors involved in publishing.

The project focuses on four strands of action to improve the  Diamond OA model: 

(1) Provide technical improvements for journal platforms and journal software 

(2) Build communities of practice to foster overall infrastructure improvement 

(3) Increase visibility, discoverability and recognition for Diamond OA publishing 

(4) Integrate Diamond OA publishing with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and other large-scale data aggregators. 

Consortium partners such as DOAJ bring their long-standing engagement in institutional publishing and infrastructure and are committed to sustaining and developing capacities in the field. CRAFT-OA will deliver technical tools, training events, training materials, information, and services for the Diamond OA institutional publishing environment. It will foster communities of practice with the capacity to sustain the project improvements over time.

CRAFT-OA complements the work of the Horizon Europe DIAMAS project (Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication), where DOAJ is also a project partner.

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