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EU open-access envoy urges foundations to join Plan S


Charitable foundations that have helped to open up research must join the open-access publishing initiative Plan S to continue their good work, the plan’s architect has said.

Organisations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust should join Plan S to continue their “moral leadership” on open research, Plan S founder and European Commission open-access envoy Robert-Jan Smits told Research Europe. He was speaking on his return from a weeklong tour of federal agencies, universities and learned societies in the United States, where he was attempting to boost international support for the plan.

Under Plan S, funders will demand that the academics they support make any resulting research papers openly available immediately from 2020 onwards, and researchers must retain copyright over their work. The original funders that signed up were the European Research Council and 11 national funders across Europe. Since then the Academy of Finland has also joined.

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