“Plan S” was announced just weeks ago and now everyone in scholarly publishing is talking about its potential market impact. “Plan S” was a key topic of discussion at Frankfurt Book Fair and will continue to be a focus at STM Week and other events.

Ahead of Frankfurt, CCC hosted the ‘Get Smart About “Plan S”’ webinar with Rob Johnson (Research Consulting). Stream the webcast here.

What is “Plan S”?

Following 1 January 2020 “scientific publications on the results from research funded by public grants provided by national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”

An initiative of 13 European national research funding organizations (cOAlition S), “Plan S” puts pressure on Open Access publishing business models by capping article fees, ending embargoes and withdrawing support for “hybrid” OA journals. Delta Think, an independent publishing and digital media consultancy, estimates that “Plan S” funders account for roughly 3.3% of articles published globally.

At the broadest level, the information industry continues to struggle with the migration from traditional subscription publishing to Open Access publishing (and open science and open data more broadly). The stakeholders – authors, publishers, institutions, and funding agencies (including government bodies) – consider Open access from very different perspectives. Recently, given the Horizon 2020 mandates in Europe (originating at the Belin Conference in 2016) and now in the U.S., “Plan S” indicates that the institution and funding community is pushing harder than ever on the traditional publishing community to change their business models or be replaced.

So, where is your organization’s publishing program on the path to making the transition to OA? How will you respond to “Plan S”?

Listen now: Get Smart About “Plan S” with Rob Johnson

In 30 minutes, OA expert Rob Johnson of the UK’s Research Consulting will give you all the details and the insights you’ll need about “Plan S” as you continue to make the transition to OA.

The “S” in “Plan S” can stand for “science, speed, solution, shock,” says Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission’s OA special envoy. But you can make it stand for “Smart.”


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Author: Chuck Hemenway

Chuck Hemenway is Director, Publisher Solutions for CCC. He has been at the company for over 20 years and is responsible for helping publishers find efficiency through automation, technology, and market-wide collaboration. His primary focus is the market-wide adoption of the RightsLink platform, and the exploration of new efficiencies and revenue opportunities for publishers.
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