Scholarly Authorship and Open Access

Organiser(s): Ruth Hegarty and Lucy Hogan

Ruth is Managing Editor at the Royal Irish Academy and Project Lead of PublishOA. Lucy is Project Manager of PublishOA at the Royal Irish Academy


Publish OA is a project funded by the National Open Research Forum (NORF) and co-led by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD). The overall aim of the project is to conduct a feasibility study on establishing a national diamond OA (open access) publishing platform for Ireland. Authors, specifically scholarly authors, are important stakeholders in open access and this workshop aims to provide researchers, in particular those from the Arts and Humanities who may not have been afforded the opportunity to engage with OA, with the space to discuss and comment on open access from an author’s perspective via interactive polls, group discussions and hands-on review, leading to recommendations on what guidance they and their peers need when authoring OA works. The workshop will be presented by the Publish OA project team and organised in collaboration with project affiliate, the Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA). The aim of the workshop will be to formulate a set of OA principles for authors by engaging scholarly authors in teasing out the necessary items to include and how to frame them for these principles, which will be built upon to become deliverable 8 of the Publish OA project’s outputs.


The project is funded by the NORF Open Research Fund 2022. Its aim is to conduct a  feasibility study into creating a national diamond OA (open access) publishing platform for Ireland.

The project partners are engaged in working groups that will produce the following deliverables: a landscape report on Irish publishing, a directory of Irish publishers, a survey of these publishers, OA standards for publishers and authors, a technical specification for a national platform and its subsequent trials and piloting, and an evaluation of such a platform’s financial sustainability in Ireland. All of which will be reported on and archived publicly in the Digital Repository of Ireland.