Save the plan s the open access?

Does the Plan S rescue the Open Access?

European research suppliers want publication cottages

Although open access steadily grows, he does not invoke the hopes of the open access idealists, nor the research financier. The former complain about its commercialization and rising publishing goods, though still being too slow growth.

Both problems want to tackle the coalition s today. It represents eleven national research general organizations supported by the european commission and the european research council. Among the members can be found, among others, the east rich fwf, the french agence nationale de la recherche (anr), the nederlandse organatie voor wetzschapelijk onderzoek (nwo) and uk research and innovation.

The telepolis press release quotes marc schiltz, prasident of science europe, a merger of major european research suppliers and research institutions in 27 countries: "open access to research results is foundational to the scientific enterprise. 15 years have passed since the berlin declaration and open access is still far from being a reality. I am glad that a core group of research funders, driven by their collective duty of care for the good functioning of the science system, have committed to take a decisive step to change the situation."

The coalition s wants a complete and immediate open access to research publications from 1. Force january 2020. To achieve this goal, she pursues the plan s, a ten-point plan. This lists in addition to known elements, such as the provision of publications under the creative commons license cc by, also really explosive elements, z.B. That the financing of open-access publication fees is unified and capped throughout europe. In addition, the non-existent open access deployment of individual articles in a closed access magazine (sog. Hybrid open access) not compatible with the plan s.

However, it is questionable how the covering of the transactions should be made and enforced. Will be so simply a specification of coalition s bend and publications in all, including their high-priced journals for a price fixed by the covenization? Should this price really apply only for researchers from the eu, while their colleagues from china, the us, brazil and india must pay a surcharge? Will adjust the publishers only to the prices in their mid-mabular or even low-class journals to the specifications of coalition s, so that researchers who desire the extra-portion of impact, numbers from their own pocket or look at co-authors whose publices do not know such a price cover? Maybe everything is very different – by which publishers and research suppliers meet every year for a kind of tariff round, in which the bonds for the coming year are negotiated.

The plan s is a serious attempt to at least slow down the open access and gain air to consider further steps for the future design of the open access. Nevertheless, you had more information about the implementation. Finally one may be curious how the publishers will respond to the intended price limit.