Dr. h.c. Johan Rooryck – an in-depth interview





Plan S, Linguistics, Diamond Open Access, Open Access, cOAlition S, portrait interview, in-depth interview


On 1 September 2022, professor of linguistics and director of cOAlition S Johan Rooryck was created a doctor honoris causa at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. In this in-depth interview, Rooryck reflects on his career so far and shares his vision of a future where scholar-led, fair and equitable open access prevails over commercial publishing structures.

Johan Rooryck starts out by explaining how he became the editor-in-chief of the high-ranking journal Lingua in 1999, how his relations with the publisher Elsevier became increasingly strained, and how he succeeded in bringing all his co-editors along in a sensational break with Elsevier. Instead, they launched the fully open access journal Glossa (now a high-ranking journal of general linguistics) at the platform Open Library of Humanities, in 2015. Rooryck in particular dwells on the non-commercial model known as Diamond Open Access, with no charges facing either readers or authors. Speaking on behalf of Plan S and the cOAlition S, whose executive director he became in 2019, Rooryck also broadens the view to all forms of open access, including open access to books and research data. At the end, he looks ahead to the future, when faced with the final, fundamental question: are you an optimist?

First published online: September 12, 2022

Author Biographies

Johan Rooryck, cOAlition S; Leiden University

Executive director of cOAlition S; visiting professor at Leiden University; honorary doctor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Per Pippin Aspaas, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

senior academic librarian; head of library research and publishing support, UiT



How to Cite

Rooryck, J., & Aspaas, P. P. (2022). Dr. h.c. Johan Rooryck – an in-depth interview. Open Science Talk, (41). https://doi.org/10.7557/19.6695