Feedback requested on implementation of Plan S

Kyle Brady
Tuesday 27 November 2018

Following the recent Wellcome announcement of its revised Open Access Policy, today new guidelines on the implementation of Plan S have been announced. The guidelines are published in full with details of technical requirements at and feedback is welcomed from all stakeholders, including the public.

Copyright Science Europe 2018 and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence

cOAlition S is committed to fulfil the specific target set out in Plan S – immediate Open Access to all scholarly publications from research funded by coalition members from 2020 onward 

Three routes to achieve OA will be compliant:

  • Publish in fully Open Access journals listed in the DOAJ or on Open Access platforms
  • Deposit in Open Access repositories listed in OpenDOAR
  • Publish in subscription journals with ‘transformative’ agreements in place or that permit accepted manuscripts to be deposited immediately with a Creative Commons Attribution licence, such as Royal Society titles

The guidelines cover questions of cost, licensing and timing, with expectations for all stakeholders including researchers, research organisations, and their funders. There are also a range of technical requirements listed for journals, publishers and repositories.
In addition, cOAlition S members intend to subscribe to the principles on research assessment set out in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and there will be an expectation for institutions to commit to similar principles.

The survey for feedback consists of 2 questions:

  1. Is there anything unclear or are there any issues that have not been addressed by the guidance document?
  2. Are there other mechanisms or requirements funders should consider to foster full and immediate Open Access of research outputs?

Feedback can be provided up to 1 Feb 2019

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