Plan S for publishing science in an open access way: not everyone is likely to be happy

  • Juan C. Gómez-FernándezEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Most scientists are probably already aware of an initiative that was launched by the European Commission and which has been adopted by a number of European Governments (including France, the UK, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany) and also by funding foundations as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Wellcome Trust. This initiative has been called Plan S (Plan 2019).

Plan S (or more formally cOAlition S) requires that, from 2021, scientific publications funded either by public grants from countries supporting it, or by adhering agencies and foundations, must be published in open access (OA) journals or platforms that are totally free of charge for the reader.

After this initiative, it will no longer be possible to publish in non-OA journals (e.g., the ACS journals, Science and Nature) for those receiving funding from the European Research Council or from other research councils or foundations that have joined the cOAlition S, unless journals, like those mentioned above, change...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular A, Campus of International Excellence Mare Nostrum, Facultad de VeterinariaUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain

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