Plan S is Coming Soon

The cOAlition S will implement Plan S from January 1, 2021.

The cOAlition S is the initiative of a group of national research funding organizations that will make Open Access publishing mandatory in their funded projects from 2021. cOAltion S is supported by the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC).

The cOAlitions S has developed Plan S, which states that scientific publications from funded research must be published immediately in Open Access after the rules of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access.

Plan S sets out 10 principles. The most important points are:

  • Authors or their instituttions retain copyright.
  • Use of Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) is mandatory (or a similar license or a more open license).
  • There will be no more paywalls.
  • Immediate open access to scientific publications without embargoes should be guaranteed.
  • Publication in hybrid/mirror/sister journals is no longer permitted.

To fulfill the requirements of Plan S, authors can publish their scientific results in full Open Access journals. In addition, it will be possible to publish in so-called transformative journals in the coming years. Authors can also use the green road of Open Access to meet the requirements of Plan S. Therefore, authors can publish in journals that allow them to store the accepted author manuscript without embargo in our institutional repository MPG.PuRe. Please contact the library for assistance.

By the End of 2020, cOAlition S will implement a Plan S Journal Checker Tool. This offers the authors a helpful tool to decide in which journal the next publication, e. g. of results from an EU project, should take place.

Coalition S – Implementation

The cOAlition S has released an implementation guidance on Plan S. Eleven European research funding organizations published Plan S in September 2018. It defines ten principles for the transition by 2020 to open access.

The main roads for Plan S are:

  • Publication in Open Access Journals or Platforms;
  • Deposit of Versions of Record (VoR) or Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) in Open Access repositories without embargo;
  • Publication in ‘hybrid’ journals only under transformative agreements;

For the deposition of scholarly content in open access repositories: Preprint servers are not suffucient to be compliant.

Statement on Scientific Publications

The Academie des sciences, the Leopoldina and the Royal Society have published a set of principles with the aim of defining best practice for scientific journals. The guidelines include four fundamental principles:

1- Efficient and high-quality dissemination of scientific information.
2- The avoidance of all forms of conflict of interest.
3- The necessity to ensure fair reviewing of articles.
4- Keeping the handling and decision-making processes regarding scientific articles entirely under the control of well-recognised scientists.” (See press release)

Over that the three societies support the principles of open access (both “green” and “gold” routes). They “believe that the funds currently spent on journal subscriptions should be re-directed to fund publication charges“.

Helmholtz Open Access Policy

The Helmholtz Association has published a new open access policy. It is based on the EU funding programme Horizon 2020, so that publications should be available open access within 6 months or 12 months in the humanities and social sciences.

“In addition, employees must aim to make the research data underlying the publication accessible and open for sharing.”
(Open Access Policy of the Helmholtz Association, 2016)