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Societies welcome Plan S delay

A one-year delay to the controversial open-access initiative Plan S has calmed some of the concerns held by learned societies in the UK.

Many societies are dependent on income from their subscription journals, and the plan’s initial ambition to make all research funded by its signatories free to read from January 2020 sent shivers through the community.

“That’s going to be a challenge for them to adapt to a very different situation for their journals,” Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet medical journal said.

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