We are a group of scholars and librarians aiming to help transform the conventions of scholarly publishing, and return control of the publication process to the scholarly community.

The Fair Open Access Alliance is an overarching organization aimed at coordinating efforts toward sustainable open access scholarly publishing, following the principles of Fair Open Access. Member organizations include

  • LingOA (facilitating conversion to fair open access of journals in linguistics)
  • MathOA (facilitating conversion to fair open access of journals in mathematics)
  • PsyOA (facilitating conversion to fair open access of journals in psychology)
  • Open Library of Humanities (dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges)
  • Center for Open Science (aiming to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scholarly research)


The Fair Open Access Association (FOAA) is a non-profit foundation based in the Netherlands, a so-called Stichting in compliance with Dutch law. Stichting FOAA was founded in 2017.

FOAA is formally governed by its board members. The various xOAs and other participating organisations are represented as Participants. Participants are represented by one delegate for each participating xOA, such as LingOA and MathOA.

The board members are:

  • Prof. Johan Rooryck (President; Leiden University)
  • Prof. Jos Baeten (Treasurer; CWI Amsterdam)
  • Prof. Martin Eve (Open Library of Humanities)
  • Dr. Ralf Schimmer (Secretary; Max Planck Institute Germany)
  • Dr. Danny Kingsley (Cambridge University)
  • Prof. Peter Suber (Harvard University)

The project leader is Drs. Saskia C.J. de Vries (Sampan – academia & publishing).

The purpose of the foundation is
a. to promote and support initiatives concerning Open Access publications in the broadest sense;
b. to acquire resources and financially sustain Open Access publications;
c. to support foundations financially and otherwise in various disciplines (xxxOA’s) that pursue the same goals;
d. to expand the Open Library of Humanities to other disciplines.
e. to propagate and promote the principles of Fair Open Access over all disciplines of science.