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Open access comes at a cost for Royal Society journals

A “workaround” open-access policy adopted by Royal Society journals will leave a “significant dent” in their finances, Research Fortnight has learned.

Under the Royal Society policy, authors will be able to deposit their manuscripts into a repository without an embargo with a CC-BY licence alongside publication in the society’s hybrid journals—which combine open-access and subscription models.

This is compliant with the Plan S open-access initiative, which will require the researchers that its signatories support to make their papers openly available immediately and with permissive copyright licences from 2020.

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