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Open access: Resolving Plan S conflicts

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An event hosted by Research Professional News brought together disparate views on the open-access initiative

Few recent ideas in research have proved as divisive as Plan S, the initiative under which a group of funders are demanding that the researchers they support make their work openly available immediately from 2021.

When details of the plan were first announced in September 2018—with the backing of 11 European public funders—academic publisher Springer Nature said Plan S could “potentially undermine the whole research publishing system”.

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