In an earlier post, we explained our commitment to the principles elaborated by the Fair Open Access Alliance (FOAA). As mediastudies.press gets closer to a formal launch, we decided to craft a formal statement of OA principles. In our research, we stumbled across Jean-Sébastien Caux‘s more demanding adaptation of the FOAA principles—which more emphasis on zero-fee, nonprofit, and academic integrity dimensions. Caux, who created the innovative SciPost OA publication platform, found the FOAA principles “too much of a compromise,” and set out to revise and expand them into what he calls the Genuine Open Access Principles.
This can all look a bit like hair-splitting, but the details matter here—and Caux’s principles are a bitter match for the mediastudies.press mission. Our statement of OA principles adapts the Caux list.