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High-profile backers get behind Plan S push for ‘shift in culture’

Image: Jenny Audring

The controversial open-access publishing initiative Plan S has been boosted by high-profile backers ahead of a report on how publishers could adapt to it.

Linguistics researcher and prominent open-access advocate Johan Rooryck (pictured) was made ‘open-access champion’ by Plan S funders Coalition S in August. He will provide support for implementing Plan S, under which researchers must, from 2021, make their work openly available immediately.

The World Health Organization, signed up on 9 August and the Coalition S steering group was joined by the European Commission’s new open-access envoy—experienced official Jean-Claude Burgelman. “We need a shift in culture—and it’s beginning,” Rooryck told Research Europe.

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