Doing the right thing to get diamonds?

Professional challenges and moral dilemmas




open scholarship; open access; research culture; publishing


In this response to Diamond is a scientist's best friend, Emma Marsden reflects on her past roles as author and editor. She discusses the challenges for flipping journals to diamond models and for publishing in diamond journals and offers ways forward. 


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Alferink, I., & Marsden, E. (2023). OASIS: one resource to widen the reach of research in language studies. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 17(5), 946–952.

*Al-Hoorie, A., & Marsden, E. (in press). Open scholarship and transparency in applied linguistics research. In Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics Wiley-Blackwell. Preprint available at

Andringa, S., Mos, M., van Beuningen, C., González, P., Hornikx, J., & Steinkrauss, R. (2024). Diamond is a scientist’s best friend: Counteracting systemic inequality in open access publishing. Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics, 13. DOI 10.51751/dujal18802

Bell, P., Collins, L., & Marsden, E. (2022). Managing oral and written data from an ESL corpus from Canadian secondary school students in a compulsory, school-based ESL program. In A. Berez-Kroeker, B. McDonnell, E. Koller, & L. Collister (Eds.), The Open Handbook of Linguistic DataManagement (pp. 401–409). MIT Press.

Bovolenta, G., & Marsden, E. (2021). Expectation violation enhances the development of new abstract syntactic representations: evidence from an artificial language learning study. Language Development Research, 1(1), 193–243.

*Dudley, A., Marsden, E., & Bovolenta, G. (in press). A Context-Aligned Two Thousand Test: Towards estimating high-frequency French vocabulary knowledge for beginner-to-low intermediate proficiency adolescent learners in England. Language Testing. Will be open access. Preprint available:‑context‑aligned‑two‑thousand‑test‑towards‑estimating‑high‑frequ

Finlayson, N.E., Marsden, E., & Anthony, L. (2023). Introducing MultilingProfiler: An adaptable tool for analysing the vocabulary in French, German, and Spanish texts. System, 118, Article 103122.

Henrich, J., Heine, S., & Norenzayan, A. (2010). The weirdest people in the world? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 61–83.

*Marsden, E.J. (2020). Methodological transparency in applied linguistics and its consequences for the quality and scope of research. In J. McKinley, & H. Rose (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (pp. 15–28). Routledge. Postprint available:

*Marsden, E., & Hawkes, R. (2023). Situating practice in a limited-exposure, foreign languages school curriculum. In Y. Suzuki (Ed.), Practice and Automatization in Second Language Research: Perspectives from Skill Acquisition Theory and Cognitive Psychology (pp. 89–118). Routledge. Preprint available:

Marsden, E., & Morgan-Short, K. (2023a). (Why) Are open research practices the future for the study of language learning? Language Learning, 75(S2), 344–387.







How to Cite

Marsden, E. (2024). Doing the right thing to get diamonds? Professional challenges and moral dilemmas. Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics, 13.