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Funders sign contract for Plan S journal-checking tool

Image: Alan Levine [Public domain], via Flickr

Tool will be built by two UK-based companies

The group of funders signed up to Plan S—which will require the results of research they have supported to be published with open access from 2021—have contracted the software company Cottage Labs and the consultancy Antleaf, both based in the UK, to build a tool researchers can use to check whether journals and platforms meet the funders’ requirements. 

“Based on the researcher’s funder and their institution, the tool will inform them of the available routes to Plan S compliance that the journal of their choice affords,” the Coalition S group of funders said in their announcement on 3 July. The funders said they received seven applications to build the tool, and made their selection through a competitive tender.

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