Politicians and R&D Funders 'Finally Pushing in Same Direction' on Science Publishing
A major push by science funding agencies in Europe to make the research they back freely available at the point of publication is the world's best chance of fundamentally altering scientific publishing, says the new coordinator of Plan S, Johan Rooryck.
The release in September 2018 of Plan S has led many small and society publishers to examine their business models, and in particular ways to transform their journals from hybrids into pure Open Access (OA) titles. This paper explores one means by which a society publisher might transform.
WHO and TDR Join COAlition S to Support Free and Immediate Access to Health Research
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) announce they are the first of the United Nations agencies to join COAlition S. This commitment will ensure that all WHO and TDS supported health research will be free to read online on the day it is published.
Co-chairs of the implementation task force of the international research-funder consortium cOAlition S clarify their position with regard to financially supporting the important transition to full open access after 2024.
Open access is often discussed as a process of flipping the existing closed subscription based model of scholarly communication to an open one. However, in Latin America an open access ecosystem for scholarly publishing has been in place for over a decade.
How to Start Preparing Your Journals for Plan S: A Guide for Publishers Using Scholastica
In the coming months, Scholastica will be introducing product improvements to help journals comply with the Plan S guidelines. In this post, we overview steps journals using Scholastica's open access publishing platform can take to start preparing for Plan S.
Plan S: LIBER Calls on Libraries to Share Successes & Challenges On the Road to Compliance - LIBER
LIBER appreciates the latest guidance, which matches its strategic goal of making Open Access the main form of scholarly communication by 2020. At the same time, it recognises the complexities and challenges faced by research libraries to implement publishing or update services to follow Plan S.
Distributed Models for Open Access Publishing: Q&A with Martin Eve
The Open Library of Humanities has demonstrated a model for high-quality open access publishing, without Article Processing Charges. We asked Chief Executive Officer Martin Eve whether the Library could serve as inspiration for Learned Societies in a post-Plan S world.
Researchers Reject APC-based OA Publishing As Promoted by Plan S
Lynn Kamerlin, Bas de Bruin and their colleagues have been the most vocal critics of Plan S from the very beginning, braving continuous opposition from certain OA leaders. Now that final Plan S guidelines were released, the chemists publish this Open Letter expressing their worry about a possible dystopian OA future.
To Meet the 'Plan S' Open-Access Mandate, Journals Mull Setting Papers Free at Publication
Some publishers are considering an approach they hope will both comply with "Plan S" and maintain their subscription income: allowing authors to post manuscripts in public archives as soon as their papers are published.
Few Open Access Journals Are Compliant with Plan S
Much of the debate on Plan S seems to concentrate on how to make toll-access journals open access, taking for granted that existing open access journals are Plan S-compliant. This question was examined using Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) metadata. The conclusion was that a large majority of open access journals are not Plan S-compliant, and that it is small publishers in the SSH that will face the largest challenge with becoming compliant.
Open Letter from History Journal Editors in Response to Consultation on Plan S
Concerns about some key aspects of Plan S and about their workability in practice, particularly within the landscape of the Humanities, are presented, along with a call for closer consideration of the differential impacts and possible unintended consequences of the ambitious plans laid out in the Guidance document.
What Do Countries in the Global South Stand to Gain from Signing Up to Europe's Open Access Strategy?
Plan S raises challenging questions for the Global South. Even if Plan S fails to achieve its objectives the growing determination in Europe to trigger a “global flip” to open access suggests developing countries will have to develop an alternative strategy.
Open Access in China: Interview with Xiaolin Zhang of the National Science Library
China's programme of innovation-driven development, underpinned by research and technology, has placed new demands on the Chinese scientific community. What role for open access - and the Europe-led Plan S programme?
Plan S - Positive Action Combined with Positive Thinking Delivers Success
League of European Research Universities (LERU) members offer 10 Recommendations which, once adopted, would make Plan S a bold blueprint in universities for a radical change to current publishing practice.