Plan S version 2: the right approach to full open access?

« Back in May 2019, cOAlition S released revised guidance on Plan S — following a public consultation — and announced a one-year delay on implementation. Key changes to the guidance included:

  • A shift in focus, from a cap on the cost of publishing in an open access journal, to transparency around publishing costs.
  • Individual hybrid journals can now be deemed ‘transformative’ (until 2024), provided that they have a defined plan and timescale for increasing open access publishing.
  • cOAlition S funders pledged to assess research on its own merits, not on journal prestige, when considering grant applications.
  • In some cases, publication will be permitted under open access licenses more restrictive than CC BY 4.0. (…) »