Plan S

S

 

A group of 11 European funders, including UKRI, have put open access back in the news. They propose a radical plan from 2020 where:

  • Papers must be free to read on publication
  • They must have a liberal licence which allows others to reuse, translate or download the work.
  • Papers should not be published in hybrid journals which take subscriptions as well as article processing charges
  • Green open access would be allowed but with no embargo period
  • Funders will cap the amount they will pay for article processing charges.
  • Authors should keep their copyright with no restrictions

Publishers have obviously hit out at the plans as unworkable. Time will tell…

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