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Open-access publishers welcome Plan S as ‘important step’

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association has added its voice to those supporting Plan S, the initiative from more than a dozen European research funders to increase open-access publishing of research outputs.

Plan S will be “an important step in the transition towards full and immediate open access for scholarly research”, Oaspa said in a statement published on 2 October.

Under the plan, funders will demand that the researchers they support make any resulting research papers openly available immediately from 2020 onwards. Researchers will retain copyright over their papers, publishing fees will be capped and journals that mix subscription and open-access publishing models will be phased out.

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