Plan S and its Implications for Open Access at Strathclyde : the New UKRI Open Access Policy

de Castro, Pablo (2022) Plan S and its Implications for Open Access at Strathclyde : the New UKRI Open Access Policy. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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In Sep 2018 a group of mostly European research funders under the 'cOAlition S' banner launched a plan to accelerate the transition towards a fully Open Access publishing landscape. Both the Wellcome Trust and the UK Research and Innovation are members of this cOAlition S group of funders and have adopted the Open Access policies associated to Plan S, that do subsequently apply to their funded researchers. The European Commission has also expressed its support for the initiative and there are plans for its implementation within the Horizon Europe framework research programme. Plan S comprises a number of parallel initiatives, all of which are addressed in the presentation. The most ambitious of these is the promotion of the so-called "transformative agreements" with publishers (aka Read & Publish deals) that allow researchers at signatory institutions to publish Gold Open Access at no cost in a (large) number of eligible journals covered under the deal. There are also new developments in the area of Green Open Access (deposit of the full-text accepted manuscript in an institutional system) whereby cOAlition S-member funders are trying to move away from embargo periods. All this is particularly relevant because the post-2021 REF Open Access policy, to be announced later this year, is widely expect to be aligned with these new policies. This REF policy will apply to all publications produced at Strathclyde, so it's useful to know what Plan S requirements are regardless of the specific funding body that supports one's research.


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