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Argentina to join Plan S

Argentina has become the first South American nation to announce that it will sign up to the open-access publishing initiative Plan S, despite previous concerns among some open-access advocates in the region.

Argentinian representatives agreed at a meeting on EU-Argentina science and technology cooperation on 7 June that unspecified funders in the country should sign up to Plan S. Officials expressed an interest in promoting a regional initiative on open access in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a joint announcement.

Under Plan S, funders will require the researchers they support to make their work openly available immediately and with certain conditions from 2021. The initiative attracted criticism from some researchers and publishers when it was launched in 2018, but revised implementation guidance unveiled on 31 May in response to a consultation has been broadly praised.

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