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Plan S expands on reasons for not paying for hybrid journals


Funder initiative says hybrid journals are not “a viable option” for open access

Funders behind the Plan S open-access initiative, who are requiring the researchers they support to make resulting papers openly available immediately under certain conditions, have elaborated on the reasons why they will not generally pay for publication in ‘hybrid’ journals that publish a mix of open access and paywalled content.

The funders have said they will not support hybrid journals, with the exception of journals that publicly commit to move towards being fully open access by 31 December 2024 at the latest, at which point all Plan S funding for hybrid journals will cease.

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